During Valentine’s Day, I went out with my friends in Tokyo Disney Resort and found this eery yet beautiful spot next to Tokyo Disney Sea. I fell in love with it and immediately asked my friend Rexcy to take my photos.
I bought these Casper John items during sale season last month but was only able to wear it a week ago. I have to say I’m really in love with them especially my new oversized bomber jacket (which actually confuses me if I should call a coat because it’s long enough to be called one).
shirt and jacket: Casper John
photos: Rexcy Domingo
In line with the recent shenanigans caused by a remark about same-sex marriage of a world-famous athlete from my country, I choose to put my reaction in a more humane and positive manner by making literature of how I view homosexuality, religion and love in one picture.
MADE OF LOVE
by Gervin Macey
I’m human of the same kind
My body was made by Christ
My big heart was by Allah
My vibrant soul by Buddha
I was from dust of the ground
Like what He did with Adam
Breathed in my nostrils to live
Like the woman we call Eve
Allah gave me a staunch heart
Same he did with Muhammad
He was punished in Mecca
But welcomed in Medina
What you put out, you’ll receive
Selfless person, I should be
This, Prince Siddhartha taught me
When he became a bodhi
I am also made of love
Made by the same gods you love
Made of love, thus, I need love
Kindness, compassion and love.
NOTES ABOUT THE POEM
* I had the choice of putting the word “gay” in the first verse but I chose to write “human” because whatever your sexuality and your gender preference are, we still are all called humans. With that statement, it already shows that we’re born equal.
* For some time, I’ve always been skeptical about religion. I believe faith shouldn’t be based on a set of rules written in an ancient book dating from thousands of years ago but rather, a personal journey until you find God first hand. I’m not talking about burning bushes or angel apparitions but more of human experience. Yet, I thought to myself, “why not draw inspiration from something I don’t completely believe in?” What if I completely turned the tables around and see a world where all beliefs agree in the same point? I was also envisioning different versions of supreme beings of different religions while I wrote this poem, creating gay people in a special way like how he did with the heteros.
* The measure of each line is 7 syllables which I got from the Bible. Why? Because the number 7 plays an important role in a lot of parables like the 7 Beatitudes and 70 x 7 (synonymous to God’s eternal forgiveness). Apparently, there are 7 colors in the rainbow which we all know is the universal symbol for the LGBT community.
* Love was overused in the last verse for emphasis. Like what I said, I’ve always been skeptical about religion, but not with love. I believe that true love brings out genuine kindness to everyone it touches. And if only people people realize that love is the universal religion, compassion and acceptance will come after. The third line also hints about my approval of same-sex marriage because it is a right for people to be bound legally with the person they love. Though I must say that I’m not asking for religions all around the world to include this in their sacred scriptures because I completely understand that religion is strictly based on rituals and traditions. I just want them to stop saying that they are against it because it’s against the will of Christ or Allah. All I’m asking is for them to respect it because it’s a human right because before they became a Christian, Jew, Muslim or whatsoever, they are already humans.
* This poem may not contain a bunch of hifalutin words and symbolisms to be considered “real poetry” but that’s the least thing I care about. All I want is just to convey a message of love to everyone, a call to be human again and a reminder that we are all equal in the eyes of any god you believe in.
Whatever your stand about gays and same-sex marriage, I hope you liked it.