non binary in the suburbs check-list

Danny McLaren

we have lazy saturday mornings and

quiet wednesday nights.

suburban streets and crossing guards and

small convenience stores.

we have community built on cramped synagogues

and friday nights at bubbie’s.

we have rows of houses, sit tightly, fit together.

tight lipped except for

whispers of who's strange and who's odd and

who’s that? who’s they?

we have networks of gossip and news that

travels fast.

we have families of hoarders and junk drawers that hold

what we can't find a place for,

hang onto nails and elastic bands and pushpins.

plastic bags shoved in plastic bags

put away.

and i go with them.