We are Coming for Our Language

a poem by Shirley Jones


In the history of words         suffragettes fighting for rights

badges of honor     queer an insult         to some but a fortune

to others       who wish to  tell it slant & mingle fact with fiction

as they try to     copyright our words    we must reclaim our names

This appropriation is unnecessary    for the power of language

has been distorted       & used against us

This is unacceptable        our culture will not be tainted   our words

will not be appropriated   we will veto this wrong an offensive

sting       a symbol of irrational actions    now in play must be

restricted by law     singled out for the corruption   that it is

& present itself    for intense scrutiny     for our language is at stake