Rainbow of Friends

Sexuality should not define us

But society says it must

So many friends within the closet

Their lives oxidise to rust

In my life of stolen moments

Good friends have all been gay

At first it was quite scary

They are different, you say

Come out now my friends and dance

Your life it is supreme

Don’t hide your love away

Behind some bitter Fascist scheme

Brave Andy was the first to dance

Back in homophobic seventy eight

He came out to his parents

And faced their irrational hate

Andy took his life so sadly

Alone inside his motor car

His body found next morning

Killed by a prejudicial scar

Come out now my friends and dance

Your life it is supreme

Don’t hide your love away

Behind some bitter Fascist scheme

Good friends Vicki, Jane and Hazel

Also loved to dance

They would boogie in a ghetto club

Whenever they had a chance

My house mate Trevor was the next to hide

His secret he could not share

His father was an old coal miner

And his views were so unfair

Come out now my friends and dance

Your life it is supreme

Don’t hide your love away

Behind some bitter Fascist scheme

But time does not stand still

Liz and Nadine they were so brave

Together raised their own son Thomas

With parental care and love to save

A few years along the road

My son’s friend talked of his two mums

The most wonderful of natural parents

They were everlasting chums

Come out now my friends and dance

Your life it is supreme

Don’t hide your love away

Behind some bitter Fascist scheme

The next to dance was close to home

My young nephew’s so camp and gay

It was no lifestyle choice, you faggot haters

What’s that I hear you say?

And so this dance is almost over

But for Darren it was done too soon

He lived and loved with vigour

But his ashes lie under a Mexican moon

Come out now my friends and dance

Your life it is supreme

Don’t hide your love away

Behind some bitter Fascist scheme

Author: seagullnic

Writer, editor, lecturer and part-time musician. Passions in life: my family, Bob Dylan, music of many genres, Brighton and Hove Albion FC, cooking plus good food and wine.

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