Dance​-​Collision [Chaz]

by Venus Bogardus

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I dreamed of my dad and Chaz Bono, it went a little something like this. - Hannah


I saw my dad on television [chaz] / he was working on a new provision / you were in a row of thirteen dancers / they were pointing toes and taking chances

oh you wake up and the party's over - where did the night go?

He's sitting in a heap of papers / to me, he's looking quite bewildered / discrimination suits are not his speciality / he'll have to study if he wants to look smart on TV

your mother's there when you fall
with her long, black hair when you fall

They were wearing white brocade and purple feathers / gelded lilies blown by violent weather / how could they know that the gender queers were out in forces, watching alternate histories run their courses?

You were dancing with the stars and you only wanted recognition / but the judges were never going to understand your condition / now here's your advocate, arguing his final case / our parents guard us from continuums of time and space

I saw my dad on television / workplace safety, a slip-and-fall, a dance-collision / still, you couldn't want a better man / your mom's relieved - if he can't do it no one can


released May 15, 2012



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