Non-Binary by Stella Hervey Birrell

shedding layers of
title, pronoun, expectations
like clothes
dumped in
the messy
trail from
the stairs to
the bath

The most
neutral –
they, them, their –
moulding a community
into acceptance
sure they are
malleable into a perfect
sculpture of tolerance.

to their own needs
unawareness complete and
couched in complaints about

that seven year old
who used ‘sister,’
instead of ‘sibling.’

Stella Hervey Birrell

Stella Hervey Birrell is an award-winning poet and novelist living in East Lothian, Scotland. Her first novel was published in 2016. Short pieces have appeared in various places, including The Scottish Book Trust’s Nourish collection 2017, The Scottish Mental Health Arts Festival Writing Competition Winners Anthology 2018, and the Dear Damsels writers collective. She blogs at #atinylife140, tweets as @atinylife140 and instagrams her cat @stella_hb.

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