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Two Spirits

Updated on May 7, 2015
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ocfireflies is a retired teacher. She graduated from Appalachian State University with a B.S. in English/Secondary Education.

Yin Yang

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Two spirits walk hand in hand

One as complete as the other

One part XX sister

One part XY brother

Cosmso concoction

Potions bubbling

Gold glittering somehow produced

Two faces in the mirror

Trying yet failing

To scrape the tattoo

Off of every part of every limb

A character in someone else’s graphic novel

How you wish

Others could see

Two spirits reside in you

Fighting a battle where you’re never free

Trapped in skin

Not the right body

In your mind’s eye

Aimless for eternity

With every attempt

To make peace

With your true soul

You must hide so no one knows

If it were meant to be

Why two spirits in competition with the other

Into the circles of your dreamless sleep

You look tired from this contradicting seed

Two spirits walk hand in hand

One as complete as the other

One part XX sister

One part XY brother

Living in a world

Where to reveal is taboo

One part woman

Part man, too



© 2014 ocfireflies

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      ocfireflies 3 years ago from North Carolina

      CatherineGiordano,

      Thank You.

      Kim

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      Catherine Giordano 3 years ago from Orlando Florida

      I voted up. The beautiful picture alone is worth a vote.

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      ocfireflies 3 years ago from North Carolina

      Audrey,

      Thanks for leaving such kind words. It means a lot when they come from you.

      Best,

      Kim

      CatherineGiordano,

      Greetings. I do not know very much about transitioning, but it makes me sad to know that there are people among us who must struggle with two spirits and how to best come to terms with the inner battle. I am glad to know there are people like you who are willing to try to understand.

      Many Blessings,

      Kim

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      Catherine Giordano 3 years ago from Orlando Florida

      Lovely poem. I especially like the lines "One part XX sister

      One part XY brother" I just attended a talk given by a person who is transitioning. I've been trying to understand how it feels two have "two spirits."

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      This is beautifully done Kim--just outstanding!

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      ocfireflies 3 years ago from North Carolina

      SANJAY,

      To be mentioned in the same breath as John Donne is a huge compliment. Thank You.

      Genna,

      Thank You. You always make my day. SMILES.

      Blessings to you both,

      Kim

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      Genna East 3 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Ahhh…Yin and Yang. I have to agree with Billy. There are no words other than, simply stunning! You are very talented, dear Kim.

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      Sanjay Sharma 3 years ago from Mandi (HP) India

      It reminds me of John Donne. Both are incomplete without one another. Very Nice.

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      ocfireflies 3 years ago from North Carolina

      whonu,

      So glad to hear that you get where I coming from. Thank you for responding.

      word,

      For those caught in this trap, I think a "ball of confusion" sounds right. Good to see you.

      Blessings to you both,

      Kim

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      Word 3 years ago from Chicago

      Hi Kim, sounds like a ball of confusion. I guess that's what many people go through though. Thanks for sharing1

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      whonunuwho 3 years ago from United States

      I enjoyed this work and appreciate your message. Thanks for sharing. whonu

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      ocfireflies 3 years ago from North Carolina

      Kevin,

      Thanks for your ongoing support. I really appreciate it. I like your take on the piece.

      Jamie,

      Having never seen "Legend of Korra," I wondered why HP advertised it on this page. Thank you for your kind words.

      Blessings to you both,

      Kim

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      Jamie Lee Hamann 3 years ago from Reno NV

      First of all I love "Legend of Korra" my family watched this show to it's conclusion. This is a miracle of a poem that tackles some serious issues of identity and how our sexuality is directly linked to our feelings of self. Thank you Kim for a great poem. Jamie

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      The Examiner-1 3 years ago

      That was something else Kim, what I do not know. Yes I do, at least I have an idea. The positive and negative sides of our inner selves have to work together and become one. The Yin and Yang. This was very good. :-) I voted up, shared and pinned it.

      Kevin

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      ocfireflies 3 years ago from North Carolina

      CriSp,

      Thanks for calling my little piece "clever." From my research, I believe those who feel trapped do not feel as if they have a choice, and yearn to be true to themselves, but feel the stakes are too high for to come out as someone of the opposite gender would mean facing the past in which they have had to live a lie. Just a tough situation all the way around.

      Blessings,

      Kim

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      CrisSp 3 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Ahhh, the confusion and the fear of judgment entangled in one's mind. Such is life and what matter most is the way we choose and how we roll our dice. That my friend is winning for a lifetime.

      Clever write Kim. Take care.

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      ocfireflies 3 years ago from North Carolina

      Jodah,

      I think that the more research is done, them more we learn about genetics and how we truly are unique. I am not one to really take on any cause, but I am one who strives to be open-minded. Just because I do not "get it," does not mean it does not exist. I hope you are right and that discrimination occurs less. Thank you for your vote and kind comments.

      Blessings,

      Kim

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      This is a wonderful and important poem Kim. I love it when poetry takes up a cause and tries to change people's perceptions or improve our world. You do it with one such as this. I have watched a few shows recently about transgender people and I think in general we are becoming more accepting. There are still those who discriminate and bigots amongst us, but I think they are becoming fewer...I hope anyway. Well done. Voted up.

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      ocfireflies 3 years ago from North Carolina

      Suzette,

      After watching the interview with Jeffrey Tambor and the first episode of "Transparent" on Amazon--The first episode is free--it got me to thinking about how lonely a place it must be to be wired one way and built another. If I made others care, then I am pleased. I had a student who was transgender. I always worried this student would end up getting beaten up because there were so many prejudiced people.

      Best,

      Kim

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      Suzette Walker 3 years ago from Taos, NM

      Amazing poem, Kim. You are do empathetic to this struggling with sexuality identification and transgenders. You take on a tough topic and really do it justice by making the reader care about this subject. Well done. Bravo!

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      ocfireflies 3 years ago from North Carolina

      Jo,

      Thank you for loving this one. I think you are absolutely correct: people fear what they do not understand. "Call me a dreamer..." but I continue to hope for a world where our uniqueness is celebrated.

      Blessings,

      Kim

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 3 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Kim, I love this piece and you've found the perfect image for it. For some, it's a real struggle to simply know who they really are, but they must also deal with the prejudices of others. I guess people are afraid of what they do not understand.

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      ocfireflies 3 years ago from North Carolina

      Bill,

      Thank you so much. If only we could as humans strive to understand rather than be so quick to judge.

      Blessings,

      Kim

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Kim, this is beautiful. There are times when words do not do justice in describing something, and this is one of those times. All I'm left with is "beautiful."

      bill