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Honorable Mention: Explaining to my boyfriend why I am pro-life

October 22, 2017

If from today
Your life was to be played back in reverse
So I could see it set out day by day
Our years together, kisses, fights,
Kisses again
Our first date
And then
You on the day before we met
You as a boy
A baby boy
A pre-born baby in your mother’s womb
In full view of the magic journey that you took
How could I fail to see you in each frame with love
And love you no longer only ahead
But also back with equal might
Until the parting of the sperm and egg
That’s why I see in every zygote
Someone’s future boyfriend, girlfriend, husband, wife
A miracle, a flawed yet perfect human life
A lover’s lover who, like you tell me,
Deserves to hear one day
That they were meant to be
And who deserves to be fought for
As fiercely as I’d fight for you


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