A Quiet Radio,
A Dim-Lit Room

You lay on me and I am your shiny rock
in a world of small pebbles
and I am glad for my chin
just touching your hair
just resting, your head
and I am glad for my scent
just breathing you in
just smelling milk and oil and skin.
You lay on me
koala bear aptitude
pink-cream kid-glove hands
and I am warmed by your body
I am restful in your molding of my shiny-rock body
and I am calmed by your nuzzle and your sigh.
You lay on me
and I wish I could move my head
just to see your sleeping face.


© Heather Taylor-Johnson

“A gender-equal society would be one where the word ‘gender’ does not exist: where everyone can be themselves.”*

I’ve always been aware of gender conditioning and actively tried to combat any lingering prejudices or stereotypes in my own parenting, even down to encouraging dolls with my boys when they were little. It’s great to read people writing about gender issues they’re experiencing with their kids. For too long these subjects have been discouraged or silenced. I’d love to publish some more creative writing on this topic, especially if you are struggling with a child who actively tries to move away from gender normative preferences. A society where everyone can be themselves thanks Gloria for those aspirational words.

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* Gloria Steinem