Gender(less)

Rowan Lynam

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she/her/hers: used to refer to a woman, girl, or female animal previously mentioned or easily identified.

        where is the vocabulary for
the way this sweat-licked drive
settles on her
and on the concept of ‘her’
        is this woman like
swinging hips, like lipstick stains on teeth,
good song on the radio watch her move watch–

he/him/his: used to refer to a man, boy, or male animal previously mentioned or easily identified.

        –him go without words
his/her chest unfurling, what you
call the ocean doesn’t
make it any less vast
        she/he believes somewhere in
unknowable spacetime, we might
change our skins daily
and know ourselves better 

they/them/theirs: used to refer to two or more people, things previously mentioned or easily identified; used to refer to a person of unspecified gender.

        they, on the event horizon of
our language and this plural feeling
in their marrow; the potential for
something original, real;
        what we were
before we were pronoun


Rowan Lynam is a journalist and poet living in Charleston, SC.