what do you say when the closet door is opened
to reveal all the skeletons?
nothing is a binary
(i, of all people, know that)
and we don’t have to be changed or unchanged
but couldn’t there be more than
binder yes, pronouns no. tolerance yes, pride no.
labels, labels, labels.
negotiate my existence.
we’re a half-healed whole,
mother and (?)
Avi Burton is a sophomore in high school. He's definitely trans in some way, but the exact label isn't clear yet. He started writing at age 12 because he thought it would make him famous. It hasn't, but he keeps going anyway. His poetry can also be found in the Rising Phoenix Review's Disarm issue.