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Today I got to experience probably the best moment of my creative career. A few days ago, my dear friend Shalane fearlessly came out. We are both writers, and her bravery and courage inspired me to ask her if she wanted to collaborate together on a piece about coming out. I’ve never written a collaborative piece. I’ve never really written poetry—let alone spoken word—let alone publicly about being gay, but this the end product of our two brains and hearts, and it’s something I’m completely proud of. Thank you for being brave Shalane, and for catalyzing my own “brave moment.” To everyone else—enjoy.

“Untitled”

by Sarah Free and Shalane Goss

This world is full of music, some of it not-so-gentle

My piece of paper here, just one single instrumental

The creation of our song; a development that never stops

Our song plays softly while we’re waiting for the beat to drop

We sing our own songs, choir style or acapella

Profess it on a mountain, or whisper it inside a cellar

Rigid brick walls will shelter us from stormy weather

But we refuse to stay stagnant underground forever

My piece of paper here, just one single instrumental

Strumming on the sinews of my heart; the chords are sentimental

In writing these lines, there’s no required melody

Life itself conducts all the chaos and the harmony

The creation of our song; a development that never stops

Never-ending ballad with a character, a theme, and plot

Every chapter of our book is a story in its own

Best seller, or on a dusty shelf all alone

Our song plays softly while we’re waiting for the beat to drop

Shit happens, but that’s no reason for the beat to stop

Embrace every struggle meant to bring you to your knees

Live your life acoustic, and don’t forget to breathe

This world is full of music, some of it not-so-gentle

My piece of paper here, just one single instrumental

The creation of our song; a development that never stops

Our song plays softly while we’re waiting for the beat to drop

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