I am very excited to announce that my artwork and poetic narrative were just published in The Salmon Creek Journal 2015. Below, is the poetic narrative “Rainbow Cup” written in 2014 that I saved for this moment to share with you all. I am so honored to see these words reflected back to me in print!
Gordon Hays, 2014
Nothing can grow from falsehood. It must begin with the seed of Truth.
Story shapers and deceivers know this alike.
The beginning. It starts with me.
People say I have an attitude, among other things.
I say, I speak my mind.
I say, I claim my voice.
I alone have walked through the fires of my life.
I alone exist with the charred remains of my personal triumphs, and the wasteland of my failures, flaws and missed opportunities.
I draw from the deep well of a varied past. Covert and cruel, beautiful and heartbreaking. The enduring spectrum of the modern queer.
I drink from a rainbow cup. Thick with the spoiled slick of hate and rejection; dredged with tears and brutality.
I drink from a rainbow cup. Spilling over with jubilant celebration; the flood of creative liberation.
I drink from a rainbow cup. Longing for a mulled sweetness, warmed by desire. A never sated want of un-ending thirst.
I drink from a rainbow cup. Poured from a history of silence and enduring strength. Poured from shadows of the past into an illuminated future.
Artist, Writer, Wayshower
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