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Poetry, Becoming a Boy Scout, a Gay Boy's Dream

Updated on May 7, 2020
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I am a writer of poetry and fiction. I especially love flash fiction. My name is Ruby, and I live in Southern Illinois. I am a retired R.N.

Timmy stood tall and proud with extended hand

I wrote this piece in response to Governor Rick Perry, ( Texas ) refusing a gay boy's admission to The Boy Scouts Of America.

Little Timmy was so excited, he'd finally reached the ripe old age of ten

He'd dreamed of joining The Boy Scouts Of America with his friends

And especially his hero, his big brother Ben

Ben's walls were lined with awards, merit badges, emblems, banners..oh so proud

Timmy's heart was heavy

Ben gently explained he might not be allowed

You see Timmy was a gay boy who never struggled with his identity

He was loved and cherished

Brought up in a home with peaceful serenity

Ben took him to meet his scout master

Hoping against all odds

To avoid a heartbreaking disaster

Timmy stood tall and proud with his extended hand

Instead of a welcome handshake the scout master looked away, ignoring Ben's gift to Timmy

His first merit arm band

Timmy knew in his heart he would make The Boy Scout organization his number one priority if given a chance

He was also aware that living in the state of Texas

He would be judged at first glance

The scout master would never know his heart, his love for America, his commitment to advance pride in who you are, extending a hand to others who were born different and perchance make America and the world aware of the person inside

Such a young boy full of gay pride

Dreaming of a time when all will walk together side by side

When no child would ever be cast aside.

© 2013 Ruby Jean Richert

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