every week at the doctor’s office, I fold my boxers inside my pants, and pull the scratchy sheet up to my hips. I didn’t know I could get used to this. the moon hides once each month, just like me. we are brothers, and I am the jealous one. tell me if it hurts, she says. it hurts, I say. but it’s okay. that’s how I know it’s working. ____
Kaleigh O’Keefe is a gender outlaw and proud union member living in Dorchester, Massachusetts. Their poetry has appeared in Breaking the Chains: a Socialist Perspective on Women’s Liberation, Slamfind, won the PRIDE Poetry Prize in Passengers Journal, and is featured on indie music legend Ceschi’s album Sans Soleil. Kaleigh is a contributor and editor for Liberation News, is a co-founder of Game Over Books, and hosts the First Fridays Youth Open Mic in Jamaica Plain. Find Kaleigh online at www.kaleighokeefe.com, on Twitter and Instagram at @KaleighOKeefeOK.