My daughter who just turned 14 came home all excited today. She’d received a very good grade on a poem she wrote and when I read it, I said that it would be a great addition to our blog. She seemed to like the idea of it being posted – so here it is:
Homo”phobia”~ by Renate Gritter
Phobia, what does it mean?
A fear, that’s at least what it seems to be
What is fear? A thing that makes you scared
Well then what is homophobia?
The fear of homosexuals?
I think not.
I believe that it is so much more than that.
It’s question-ing love, it’s using wrath
It’s saying, “I can love him but you can’t love her”
“It’s saying I have power, I will conquer”
I think homo-phobia is not fear at all
It’s using “fear” as an excuse to build a wall
That threatens the free
That closes them out
That says, “I love all…..
but wait, not you …. you’re not the same as us”
Some have minds, that restrict,
that assume that there is a way that all must do things
that think every human must fit a criteria or they are weird
they are not wanted
they are “feared”.
Her analysis of her poem reads like this: “I think this poem targets the meaning and structure of the word homophobia. It challenges it, it deconstructs the word. Not only that, but it also challenges those who are homophobic to think about their views on the matter. It makes them think. Maybe they don’t think of it as “building a wall” or “questioning love”. Maybe they don’t realize that they’re “using wrath”. When I say “I believe that it is so much more than that” I’m saying the truth Homophobia is so much more than fear.”
My daughter’s generation is the church of tomorrow. She embodies a sense of justice and truth-telling that the church of today needs to hear.