“No Safe Words” – a poem by kaylee

This poem was sent to us in September 2013, and describes the feelings of many kink-oriented Unitarian Universalists trying to speak the truth of our experience within our faith communities. It is reprinted here with the author’s permission …

No Safe Words

I say
I’m kinky

they say
I talk about
whips
and chains

I say
I’m going
to meet
others like me

they say
I talk about
orgies

I say
please stop
putting words
in my mouth

they joke
and tease
and hurt

I say
nothing
because
they won’t
listen
to anything
I say

they say
I’m being
hostile and
antisocial

You say
you support me
and understand
such sweet words

then they
say some more
hateful and
fearful lies

I try
to hold
together
but I
break down
and cry

and you
with all
your words
can’t understand
why