How to Be a Man

 

Bleed from your mouth

Bleed from your nose

 

Bleed in a bar

Bleed in a library

 

Bleed loudly

Bleed often

 

Ask your father about bleeding

Write a book about bleeding

 

Paint a picture

Of bleeding

 

Name your son

Bleeding

 

Pray for bleeding

Weep for lack of bleeding

 

Bleed for fun

Bleed to die

 

But do not

Bleed because.

 

 


C.J. Strauss is a transgender writer and artist currently pursuing their B.A. in English at Barnard College. Their art and writing has been published both internationally and domestically by the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards, The Claremont Review, Vade Mecum Magazine, GREYstone Youth Litmag, Echoes Literary Magazine, RATROCK Magazine, and the Barnard Bulletin. C.J. presently interns at the Poetry Society of New York where their responsibilities include social media management and community engagement.

They Tweet @cjsxyz

 

September 22, 2018

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