and I’ll wear it as a badge.
No-Nonsense, Assertive, Smart, Truthful, Yearning,
Noteworthy, Articulate, Steadfast, Tenacious, Young-blood,
Noble, Accomplished, Sincere, Tested, Young-at-heart.
Wear it proud. Wear it loud.
Kathleen Murphey is an associate professor of English at Community College of Philadelphia. Her poems have been published through Writing in a Woman's Voice, the Pennsylvania Literary Journal, among other platforms/publications. JMS Books will publish her collection of alternative, sex-positive, LGBTQ+ fairy tales, Rainbow Tales, in July. For more about her, visit her website at www.kathleenmurphey.com.