Through the powerful medium of poetry, incarcerated transgender woman Jakaelynn shares feelings that many trans people can relate to, and also offers more universal advice about breaking a vicious cycle of unhealthy relationships. Jakaelynn is a member of SRLP’s Prison Advisory Committee (PAC), which joins trans, intersex, gender non-conforming people and allies who are currently incarcerated with members of our collective to develop plans of work.
“Body and Soul,”
(c) 10/17/2013 by Jakaelynn Rae Shakely.
Where can one turn, when you don’t fit your skin?
A disconnection between body and soul…
Now you must portray society’s role.
To hell with that, to hell with strife!
We only get but this one life.
Born with a part that’s not meant to be,
We only wish to be set free…
So come and meet the reality of me,
The one you can not immediately see.
(c) 11/13/2013 by Jakaelynn Rae Shakely.
When will he/she learn,
that the patterns never change…
a false hope is proffered – trust is exchanged,
but come thee finale,
it’s always more of the same.
His/Her heart is in shatters,
For he/she opened up again…but the only thing that happened…
was a heart being slain!
Won’t she/he see that the fractures can never be repaired,
Only a new window can make the view clear.
It’s nothing to be given, bought or exchanged—
only she/he can completely make a brand new frame.