Sunday, June 15, 2008

Paternal Hymn For Transgender Daughters


TransGriot Note: This was posted to TSTB since today is Father's Day. Unfortunately I don't know who the author is so I can give them proper credit for this wonderful piece, but it definitely needed to be shared with the world on this day.

Most holidays are bittersweet occasions for transpeople. In terms of our families, next to Christmas and Thanksgiving, Mother's Day and Father's Day can be tough, especially if you have a chilly to nonexistent relationship with your parents as a result of your gender transition.

The person that sometimes has the hardest time with a M2F gender transformation is Dad, since they invest so many of their time, hopes and dreams in raising their sons.

So this is dedicated to all the Dads out there on your day.


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This is for our fathers who never knew our name
But had so much influence on the road down which we came.

This is for our fathers who shoved us out the door
And bid us learn about the world, the universe and more!

This is for our fathers who taught us to love books
And never judge their contents by the way their covers look.

This is for our fathers who never knew our name
But had so much influence on the road down which we came.

This is for our fathers who taught us “Yes we can!”
Despite the fact they often tried to make of us a man.

This is for our fathers who taught us wrong from right
And reminded us that there are times when you have to stand and fight.

This is for our fathers who never knew our name
But had so much influence on the road down which we came.

This is for our fathers who taught us to be strong
And never to bow our bloody head though we’ve been treated wrong!

This is for our fathers who taught us to read maps well
But never could map inside their heads the place we served in hell.

This is for our fathers who never knew our name
But had so much influence on the road down which we came.

I thank God for our fathers who never knew our name
And I pray God that they never find is us true cause for shame.

Cause we’re our father’s daughters, our mother’s daughters too
Though the world raised a thousand hymn to mom; dad we raise this one for you!

So this is for our fathers who never knew our name
But had so much influence on the road down which we came!

2 comments:

Veronique said...

Beautiful. Thanks for reposting, and thanks to whoever wrote it.

MD "Barky" Burnes said...

A beautiful poem. It makes father's day a little easier to cope with.