Maya Maldonado

p o e t r y

Where are the boys like me?

where are the boys like me?

the bubble-gum-boys chewing

on cellophane,

bare knees in the sun

kissed like the softest hand,

where are the boys like me?

tiny baby faced lost boys

forever falling victim to the round “femininity”

of their jaws,

the highness of their voices reaching

above clouds and coming back empty handed.

 

i’m confused.

where did we go?

where are we going?

who am i going to be when i get there?

i packed my bags

red cowboy boots

my favorite button up

and 999 blunts.

 

where are the boys like me?

lipstick on their teeth boys,

pushing into dresses boys,

kissing other boys boys,

kissing their reflections in the mirror boys.

 

where did we go?

where are we going?

who am i going to be when i get there?

Maya Maldonado is a 20-year-old Puerto Rican, Filipinx, Haitian, Dominican poet based in the South West. They are studying to teach high school English, and think writing is an amazing tool/coping mechanism to give to young students. They often write about identity, gender, intimacy, and finding balance regarding the soft and emotional. They tweet @ritamorenhoe.

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