LGBTQ Magazine

Two Poems: by Joshua Espinoza

By Wildgender @wildgender


i’m several things—


the sky opening up, a door closing, a vibration, another vibration,

more vibrations.


on the worst day of my life i ate a sandwich

and drank a glass of milk

like a fuckin dweeb.


i feel like a girl in the way that clouds feel like water.


i feel like the luckiest leaf in the world.


my hands come together of their own accord

and do things

like watch and listen for all of the changes

that are always approaching.


i live in the light of god

and i have nightmares every time i sleep

about running into my dad in public

with makeup on my face

paint on my nails

woman in my heart.

i’m going to die one day and he will too

he doesn’t care because heaven is waiting.


i think of a darkness that goes on forever

except i don’t think that’s true

non-existence is probably grey

it probably feels like nothing.


i hope i come back as myself at age five

and do a bunch of cool shit

and don’t fuck up my early twenties so spectacularly.


i am a bike lane in the center of my own mind.


it’s going to rain, i can feel it

i know because i am happy

the sky’s going to look beautiful as fuck

the trees are going to give the falling drops

something to make music with themselves on.


i’m a baby who has been alive for twenty six years.

i’m rolling around on my back making dinosaur noises.

i’m trying to believe anyone could ever think i’m cool.


the second coolest thing about me is how gay i am.

the coolest thing about me is that i am a woman.

everything i love about myself is everything

we are taught to hate and disregard.


how cool is that?


i’m a sculpture of a goddess

accidentally carved into the side of a cliff

by millions of years of pounding ocean waves

so much pain and salt

so much water and life.


hell yeah.


i used to want to die every day

but now i want to live.


i want to be all of the things i am

all at once until i die.


i want to feel everything.


/  /


i briefly considered not being a person. 
i tried to wrap my hands around the dark.

i built a skyscraper 
in the middle of the ocean and

you wouldn’t believe it but i 
lived there for four hundred years.

the sound of an old door doing its thing 
twisted something inside me.

i am woman, hear me cry 
into my pillow every night.

‘the way things are’.

we find spaces to crawl towards and into, 
keep the light longing in the distance.

wait for it to fall.

i’d burn a book and a flag in the same pile, 
i don’t give a fuck. i gave up 
on thinking that words helped anything

a long time ago. 
who cares. i am falling asleep. who cares. all that matters is

love. the sun rises on the same side every
day and water goes all over the place.

everything hurts. help me make it hurt less.
 show me that being a person isn’t 
something to run from.


 /  /

joshua espinoza is extremely gay. themes she tackles in her writing include how fucked up it is to have a body, and being extremely gay. you can find more of her work at


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