Why I Bleed

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Today, I opened up my veins

And poured out my heart

For the sake of a stranger.

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First, the questions

(Are you, or have you ever been

An active gay male?)

And then

The fingertip needle-prick

(And the princess

Fell asleep

For a thousand years

And awoke

In the arms of her

True love)

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No prince for me

I sit and wait to bleed

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And it hurts -

But when is the

Giving of new life

Without pain?

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I’ve done something wonderful

And I wear my sticker with pride:

Today, I gave blood

For a custard cream.

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