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Elegy for Orlando by Tate

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pulse pulse pulse

heat wave of that beat

prayed to own feat

displayed and splayed out

they scream “yeah! don’t own me!”

a night at the club, dance night at the club

they sing “yeah! don’t own me!”

melody “don’t own me!”

finding shelter in the creases

of shoulders, building pieces

in palms, LGBT

in the palms of palm trees

of what was security

of supposed security

he killed 49

wounded 53

pulses for each one

pulses for family

heat wave of heart feats

prayed to pulse beats

displayed and splayed out

the blood and the med-

ia they scream they scream they scream they scream

they scream they scream they scream they scream they screamed

scream

a night at the club, just a night at the club

“latin night” at the club

world will never own love

will never own love

love,

feel their hearts

pulse

pulse pulse pulse

love,

feel orlando

pulse

pulse pulse pulse

none of them knew us

but we remember

none of them knew this

but we remember

orlando

orlando

orlando

orlando


Tate (she/her) is a lesbian femme artist from a military town southern suburbia of Virginia. She currently lives in various airbnbs across the country, filling her days with writing and solitude as a practice. Tate’s writing includes topics such as sex work, queer love/life, addiction, etc. You can find excerpts of her work, music, and modeling on her instagram (@rosewetcave).

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