June 14, 2020. PRIDE

to my mother whose birthday in today, thank you for all of your love and support

“There’s a Workshop in the Chambers of Your Heart” by Luke Fallon

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"no one will take my colors" by Linda M. Crate
when i could no longer run
from truth,
it felt as if my head would
split in two;
couldn't deny i wasn't straight
as i always had when i was younger
when i fell in love with her—
she woke things in my soul
that i didn't even know
were sleeping,
and she shook off the cosmic dust
that had settled when i had
stopped fighting for my dreams;
reminded me of my importance and my strength—
i wish i could've been brave enough
to tell her how i felt instead of pushing her away,
but the self-disgust was real;
all my life i had hid so perfectly well who i truly was
had everyone fooled
even myself—
didn't know i was allowed to take pride in myself
as i was,
but now i am proud of my rainbow heart;
no one will take my colors from me.

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"Loving Out Loud" by Alberte Steengaard
Here I sit
Day after day Wishing that I
Had something to say
Here I sit
Night after night Wishing for better With all of my might
Here I sit
Summer and spring Waiting for something For life to begin
Here I sit
Winter and fall Thinking that out there Is nothing at all?
Here I sit
Come wind or come rain Shielding myself
From all of the pain
Here I sit
Through sunshine and cloud Terribly scared
of loving out loud

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"I Should Tell You" by Alex Voelkel
This is the point where I should tell you
I never dreamed to fly as high
That all my life in all I’ve been through
I never thought I’d reach the sky.

This is the point where people claim
That they were always there for me
That they believed I’d rock this game
While I just feared and couldn’t see.

This is the point where I should also
thank everyone for their support
And while you sing and tell me bravo
I cry for those who were my fort.

But telling this would not be truthful
It wouldn’t come right from the soul,
while life has made me quite successful
I’ve never liked the liar’s role.

So as I stand here reminiscing
and wond’ring how I got so far
I know for sure what isn’t missing:
false praises in my memoir.

For to speak truly, there has been
but one who always took my side
one person only who has seen
the glory that I kept inside.

While all the rest were filled with doubt
and told me that I should forsake
the hopes and dreams I cared about
they told me there was much at stake.

You see, the one who dared to dream,
who never faltered on my ways,
was I myself, so it would seem
I am the one who I shall praise.

I am not scared to show my pride
False modesty I’ll never claim
for all I’ve fought and all I’ve tried
I think I do deserve my fame.

To all of you who feel betrayed
and call my act and art a farce
There is but one thing to be said:
Go shove this finger up your arse.

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"from Lines Written About a Number of Customers" by S.J. Saighead
V
A pair, a secret;
Shared with a glance.
A knowing look,
A particular stance.
One looks on,
While the other advances;
Though we all know,
there’s no space for romances.
Just simply play,
designed to enhance
each other's day,
on the off chance;
that we are the same
the three of us here.
Us three men,
all feeling queer.

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NEXT WEEK’S THEME: HOME/ABROAD

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Published by artisticdifferencescurator

My name is Seán and I am the creator and curator of the Artistic Differences Project. I started this project during the lockdown in Ireland due to COVID-19 in March 2020 as a way to get my friends and I creating during a troubling time. From there the project as gone from strength to strength and now we publish a new exhibition every two weeks.

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