Duet - A Poem by Laurette & Bob

By Laurette & Bob

Am I him,
Or am I her
My mind tells me one thing
And my body presents the other

Not fitting in
But accepted by men
Wanting acceptance
But excluded by women

She appeared within him
Much to his surprise
Confusion, understanding
Yet his whole life it defies

I’m confused,
Scared to the bone.
Surrounded by others,
Yet, somehow, always alone.

She exists
She is real
But her public appearance
Is denied with much zeal

She appeared within me
Much to my surprise
Confusion, understanding
Yet my whole life it defies

She exists
But must remain hidden
Carefully concealed
As an odious midden

Her life exists
So completely hidden
Only called forth
When safely bidden

He exists
He is real
His public appearance
Is propped up with much zeal

He exists
He is always on display
To do otherwise
Would cause much dismay

He lives his life
In so much pain
Nurtures and protects
For others to gain

He’s been through so much
And lived his life
but now it’s her turn
though the cost is much strife

There’s so much missed time
She already regrets
Is it asking too much
To live some before the sun sets

She feels trapped
So does he
She by his body
He by what she needs to be

She’s eager, excited,
Impatient to go
He’s nervous, frightened
Sees the need to go slow

She gives him hope
He provides inner strength
Together, maybe,
They can journey the full length.

She awoke inside him
Much to his dismay
Now he cherishes her
More than he can convey

W exist
But We am trapped
Oue future course
Is territory unmapped

We exist
We’ve been given the trust
We are depended on by others
So continue on we must

Am I him
Or am I her
Something of which
I’m never sure

But I do know
That together
Are me