Laurie Toby Edison

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I Remember Them

This was supposed to go up on Sunday crossposted from Fukshot but there was a glitch.

Marlene says:

It’s Transgender Day of Remembrance. Today we remember those lost in the last year to transphobic violence.

I refuse to remember you next year. You will still be here. I insist.

I have hands and mind and the will. If need be, I have guns and knives and boots and bricks and I know where to get torches and pitchforks. All of these things I have are for you, because I refuse to remember you next year. You will still be here. I insist.

You are quiet and I have not heard enough from you lately. I hope you are ok. Are they mistreating you? Are you mistreating yourself? I have a comfortable couch and quiet conversation and a glass of brandy and a bowl of soup and a loud laugh. These things too are all for you, because. I insist.

I spend the time I can surrounded by boxes full of other people’s memories. I am nearly a professional rememberer. Whether you slip quietly away, surrounded by those who love you, or you fall in the fight against those who would see you suffer, I will collect the box of things that others can remember you by. I am not afraid to remember you, but I will not remember you next year. You will still be here. I insist.

 

2 Responses to “I Remember Them”

  1. Cameron Says:

    You made me weep. Thank you. I pledge to you that I will still be here. That you won’t have to remember me. That my hands and heart and will are also pledged to end the violence. Thank you.

  2. Keechy Says:

    That’s so lovely.

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