Love is (unapologetically) love

Sonnet by Sally Elhennawy

Art by Luiza Ortiz

If I could show the world my love for you,
I’d speak my truth a hundred thousand times.
My wary heart would start to love anew
And our passions would constitute no crimes.
If our tale of love was acceptable,
I’d sweep you away in the city streets;
We would no longer be susceptible
To stony gazes and hostile retreats.
If there was space for our love to exist,
I would compose an original score;
So we could hear how it feels to be kissed
Both in the moment, and forevermore.
If the world’s gatekeepers could rise above,
They’d see the beauty of two girls in love.