Uncategorized trans/genderqueer, queer, gay, LGBT, octopus

Published on December 6th, 2011 | by Wild Gender


++ gender fabulous fairy tale

The River’s Children By Shweta Narayan

There once was a prince whose dearest friend was a river. Now rivers are sometimes girls,‭ ‬quick as lightning‭; ‬and they are boys sometimes,‭ ‬speeding like arrows.‭ ‬And they are gravid women sometimes,‭ ‬and sometimes they are men,‭ ‬full of poetry and slow as scripture.‭ ‬Most of the time you simply cannot tell,‭ ‬though storytellers will try.

And this prince was sometimes glad to be himself,‭ ‬but other times she was not‭; ‬and at these times the clothes,‭ ‬the walk,‭ ‬even the freedom of a prince felt like a prison.‭ ‬She tried at first to spend these times in the womens‭’ ‬quarters,‭ ‬but there she could only be a son,‭ ‬or a brother,‭ ‬or a prince to be flirted with.‭ ‬So she would visit the river,‭ ‬who understood.

One day the Prince came to the river in despair‭; ‬for he was of age to marry,‭ ‬and that is not a duty that a prince may ignore.‭ “‬And how could I marry anyone but you,‭ ‬my dearest friend‭?” ‬he said.

For more of the story, visit Expanded Horizons, a queer web-zine.




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