Rebellious Daughter In The First Year Of Pandemic

by Nic

Rebellious daughter in first year of pandemic:

Radical daughter disobeys parents’ wishes. 

Shows their tits on the Internet. 

Elopes with two princesses and a princexx. 

Orders men’s clothing. 

Adorns their body with custom gold-plated jewelry: 

Adventure yields the underwater treasure. 

Daughter died drowning in a past life.

Singalong daughter was gifted air by the makers:

 Friends fall in love when they sing.

Daughter dreamt of being in a boy band. 

Now she’s a pop star. 

Now he’s trans. 

Outlaw daughter is doing just fine. 

Anxiety daughter makes everybody sick. 

Bloodline curdles with a violence that refuses to end. 

Daughter grows a name.

As a child, 

he’d pack his bags to play make-believe runaway from home. 

They use all pronouns as an adult. 

The freewrite turns into the author’s shadow. 

The writer looks back with their thumbs tapping a screen. 

Artist archives what nobody remembers. 

Only the real ones believe. 

The only ones who don’t believe still call them daughter.

They don’t want anything they don’t already know. 

And they don’t know me.

Nic Masangkay

they / she / he

4) When you struggle with the ending, think of me. I’m Nic Masangkay —a cultural worker in music, poetry, multimedia, and transformation. Following years in a personal state of survival, I re-emerge in 2021 thriving. I am loved and ready to love. I know my power and where that can take us. We are living in “unprecedented” times, and everyday I feel the people’s universal fear of the unknown. Change is here: we have summoned it for so long. And now that it arrives, will we show up? Are you ready to let go of the way things were? How we got here? Post-survival, will you finally love like the world is ending? Like you are ready for what you asked for? I promise I am with you when it all needs to end. So let us begin:

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