Ella, la luna
a la luna abraza.

– Diana Bellessi

All my life
I was told
you must not be the same
in order to be in love
There is no family
between the two who are so similar.
All my life I thought that meant
a woman cannot love another woman.
When what it really meant was one eclipsed moon,
cannot embrace another.

Rituja Patil is a queer poet from Mumbai. Her poems have previously appeared in LiveWire, Violet, Indigo, Blue, Etc. and the lickety~split.

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