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DOUBLING UP | CP Hunter’s poem recounts the fearful thrill of coming out.

Poetry

by CP Hunter

hands entwined
softness
swinging over slick cobbles
pessimism breaking bones
already
against tough granite
against hardy pub-goers
against imaginary flags

we continue

a soft kiss
on a London rooftop
lips meshed
against harsh lights
terrifying tomorrows
forgotten
in entanglement
we step together

clinging
to slick balcony
railings
railing
rallying
against a friendship
against expectancy
against uncertain unknowing

then

with both feet

toes clenched
I hop(e)
leaping to be too bold

your elastic
catches
I snap back
spine intact

and then

my body
battles
my kisses are
sacrifice


my family are
folded corners
in dusty books

my lioness
has anxiety,
my arches
tremble flatly,
my palms sweat

and then

hurdling
in sloth mode
I take a step
-to you I am
(static)
-to me I am
pantheric
(dynasty):

slinking into new oases
clutching
only her hand
for guidance
it is secure enough
and now I am
daring to chase
daring to shed
to abandon, to emote
to taste it all


CP Hunter | @hunter5_1 | https://medium.com/@cp.hunter

CP is a queer, roller-skating, bicycle-enthusiast who lives by the sea and writes about all these facets of their life – more specifically, where they intersect. You can find their writing on coffee-stained napkins, crumpled receipts, park benches, and in poetry journals internationally.

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