Of course I love the broken ones.
I leave the shiny and the pretty and the shallow
for others who can’t accept anything
other than surface perfection–
perfect tools, perfect people.
Me ,I would much rather have someone
with a broken heart,
a body that betrays them,
a mind others might find flawed;
they understand what it is to be considered
‘less than’ in a world where you are expected to
fit a mold,
they understand the scorn heaped on your head
when you don’t look or sound or act or think
exactly like everyone else;
they have worked out ways around
what the rest of the world sees as problems
and they only know as life;
How could I not prefer them?
They are my children all,
my brothers and sisters,
my lovers, my friends.
Give me the one whose mind runs along different channels,
the man the world insists is a woman,
the one forever untrusting and heart-scarred
from mockery and abuse,
the boy whose legs won’t hold him upright,
the one who thinks sideways,
the old, the halt, the sick,
the girl who walks in an eternal cloud of sorrow.
I am nowhere so eager to turn them aside or
throw these away as the rest of my
brethren might be,
even my blood-brother.
Instead, I know these to be the best of the best,
all the more devoted and loving
for having been turned away so many times,
all the more clever for having been derided as stupid,
all the more stubborn for having so many give up on them.
These are the companions I choose,
family not of blood but of love,
who love me despite those who label me as evil,
who pledge their loyalty even when all others warn
I will take advantage of their trust and do them harm.
It’s worth a laugh.
They call me the god of lies,
but what I ask from them is that they never lie to me
or to themselves,
for ours is a relationship built on
the razor edge of honesty,
and if you are to trust me,
then so too must I be able to trust you.
That is all I want, after so long,
an understanding between us,
and once we have that,
we may dance our way back to the edge of the abyss,
but I will never let you fall.