Mereka Bilang (They Said), Nizamt
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Mereka Bilang (They Said) Accompanying Text

(original text in Bahasa Indonesia)

Mereka bilang . . . Aku sakit
Mereka bilang . . . Aku tak normal
Mereka bilang . . . Aku adalah bencana
Mereka bilang . . . Aku adalah neraka
Mereka bilang. . . mereka bilang. . . mereka bilang. . .
Apa aku pantas diperlakukan seperti sampah !
Aku hanya Gay, Aku juga manusia !

(English translation)
They say . . . I am sick
They say . . . I’m not normal
They say . . . I’m a disaster
They say . . . I’m hell
They say. . . they say . . . they say . . .
Do I deserve to be treated like rubbish!
I’m only Gay, I’m human too!

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Barking Sycamores is a literary journal entirely edited and operated by queer neurodivergent people of color. We publish poetry, artwork, short fiction (beginning with Issue 3), creative nonfiction (beginning with Issue 8), and hybrid genre work (beginning with Issue 9) by emerging and established neurodivergent writers as well as essays on neurodiversity and literature and book reviews (beginning with Issue 10).

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