Pink or Blue? – Katie Bagg

That was the first time you’d been put in a box, but it wouldn’t be the last

Many thanks to Katie Bagg for a very thoughtful and topical entry to Voices. Katie is very passionate about poetry and ‘Pink or Blue?’ focuses on the struggles of a transgender man.

Pink or Blue?

“Pink or blue?” Your parents asked

“Pink” he replied 

That was the first time you’d been put in a box, but it wouldn’t be the last


A pink home, with pink walls and pink floors,

Pink clothes and pink shoes, a pink bed you did not choose, 

pink food and pink drink, a pink bath and pink sink  

A pink life, a pink world, a pink baby – maybe?


A pink school, with pink friends and pink teachers,

Pink uniform and pink hair, a pink chair – that didn’t seem fair,

Pink toilets and pink toys, a pink playground full of pink noise

A pink life, a pink world, a pink child – maybe?

 

A pink textbook, with pink words and pink pictures,

Blue brain and blue imagination, a blue head full of frustration 

Green friends and green hair, a pink world that started to stare 

A pink life, a pink world, a blue teenager – maybe?


Pink words from a pink parent leave pink scars on a blue heart

A blue wish from a blue body goes unnoticed in this pink world 


Forced time and time again into pink boxes:

College applications – pink

Drivers license – pink

Social media accounts – pink

Email – pink


But, blue boxes were just waiting to be filled,

And a blue life was just waiting to begin. 

A blue world – ready for you to embrace it. 


Pink or blue? 


Blue. 

Katie Bagg, 16

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