Goodnight, Sweetheart

1 min

Hunter Liguore is an award-winning writer, whose work has been received internationally, including her screenplay, Everylife, a 18-time festival winner in 2019/2020  [+]

Image of Summer 2020
Oh, my daughter son, my child,
you were so young
when I sent you off to win the war
on women’s rights
but instead, you returned to me
bearing the wounds of a man
shell-shocked in the trenches

Your grandmother, if you could’ve known her,
lived by one rule—Just be.
Just be what? yourself? happy?
Don’t finish it, she’d say—
         And don’t let others do it for you.
To just be is hard enough work to do in one life.

I once asked,
But how will I recognize you, daughter son, my child?
You smiled.
I got it fast.

Then we cut off your breasts
and put them in a jar
like lightning bugs for everyone to see
We lit them on fire in the backyard grill
Ashes to embers and back to life again
dropped in the wind
at the playground
where we tore up your dresses

Oh my daughter son, my child,
I pulled you out of my womb
Brushing off the fluid of an unnamed life
Let you suck the potion from my breast
and when you were full, I rubbed your belly
kissed your cheek, and whispered,

Goodnight, sweetheart,
tomorrow, when you wake,
I’ll welcome you home a man.

A few words for the author? Comment below. 8 comments

Take a look at our advice on commenting here

To post comments, please
Image of Keith Simmonds
Keith Simmonds · ago
Moving and thought-provoking story, Hunter! My support!
Image of John Patry Wilson
John Patry Wilson · ago
Good luck!
Image of Hunter Liguore
Hunter Liguore · ago
Image of Curt Wheeler
Curt Wheeler · ago
should be a bedtime story for kids
Image of John Patry Wilson
John Patry Wilson · ago
Love the line about ashes. Thx for supporting trans lives.
Image of Tony Martello
Tony Martello · ago
Bravo! I felt this one in and below my chest! Check out my entry, "Maize of Color" in the short fiction section of this contest and feel free to vote if you like it! Tony
Image of Lee Robin
Lee Robin · ago
Love it!!!
Image of Hunter Liguore
Hunter Liguore · ago
Thank you!