They Outlawed Touch
They outlawed touch between those of the same body,
no twins, no sisters, no friends, no neighbors
an oddity, the way I wash my hair, the way
I bare my teeth?
get used to that word, perverse
you might as well get used
to spit in your face
and know pacific as an ocean
just some innocent ocean
get used to flaunting
reach across wall, ice, lock, myth
across lies we don't exist
while a candidate swears on a Bible he's no queer
I never knew what I was till I knew my name.
Lesbiana, the young girls jeer
and I know there must be one among them
swinging her skirts brashly
hearing her own name,
and I have loud names for this,
burnt kiss, singe
fist hand human natural animal hand.