Have you ever tried on a pair of pants
That you really wanted to fit
But no matter how hard you tried
They just wouldn’t button or zip?
They looked so good on the rack
And it felt more than a little unfair,
But fortunately, you can swap them
For a better-suited pair.
Have you ever been at a dinner party
And saw a plate of assorted desserts
That looked so sweet you could pass out
And didn’t know which one to eat first?
You took a bite in mad excitement
Only to realize you’d chosen poorly,
Fortunately, you could spit it out
And redeem what you choose prematurely.
Have you ever been so excited
To bring something home from the store?
You knew it was going to be perfect
The against was far outweighed by the for!
But once you opened the package
You found damage that went undetected,
Fortunately, you could return it
For a product that wasn’t defective.
Have you ever kissed someone
After hours of deep conversation?
You teased and flirted, built the tension
Moved closer with affectionate sensations
Till your lips’ gravity pulled toward destiny,
But disappointingly you had no chemistry!
Fortunately for you, it was only a kiss
And you can keep swinging even if you miss.
Have you gone to a concert or show
With all the wrong expectations,
Perhaps you’d acquired the wrong idea
Or hoped for Icarian elations,
And by the fifteen-minute mark
Knew you weren’t going to stick around?
Fortunately, you could leave
And take the evening down an alternate route.
Have you ever gone about your day
With all your clothes turned around?
Have you worn your right and left shoes reversed
For a night out on the town?
Of course you’ve never done that!
It would feel gross and most chagrin:
Fortunately, you never have to find out
What that feels like in your own skin.
Have you ever felt it?
If you have, you may understand
It’s not a matter of gender roles,
It’s a matter of feet and hands.
It’s a matter of apples and oranges
The one is just not the other
And while we may go and pick our fruit
We don’t choose if we’re a sister or a brother.
© Rylan Skelly, September 2018
About the Author: I have a B.A. in Honours Religious Studies from the University of Waterloo; I have a love for all major world religions – Eastern, Western, or in between; I’m genderqueer, and I’m comfortable with male, neutral, and female pronouns; I’m married to my dear wife Lynn, who is the love of my life, my best friend, and my muse; I think far too much, and often have too many ideas to know what to do with; and I am a doing being, just like you!
I have a B.A. in Honours Religious Studies from the University of Waterloo; I have a love for all major world religions - Eastern, Western, or in between; I'm genderqueer, and I'm comfortable with male, neutral, and female pronouns; I'm married to my dear wife Lynn, who is the love of my life, my best friend, and my muse; and I am a doing being, just like you!