Poem: “It Will Be Okay” by David Stock

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    Aucklander David Stock wrote It Will Be Okay for his mother when she was going through a difficult time. “I wanted to give her a message of hope like she gave me when I was coming out,” he says and shares his work with us below.

    “It will be okay”

    That’s what you said when I told you I was gay 

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    I didn’t know it then but that was what I needed to hear 

    Like a cheek needs a tear. 

    Like a song needs an ear 

    With those four words, I lost all fear 

    Mum, I am your son 

    You made these hands

    You made this boy 

    Faults and all 

    You once told me that I could be anything I want to be 

    What if all I am is you 

    I have your eyes 

    Your heart 

    Your feelings 

    I have your mind,

    Overthinking, overused.

    I have your DNA,

    Your shadow.

    Well, Let me tell you one thing, Mum.

    If being your son is all I am to be,

    Then I’ll die happily. 

    See I’ve grown now into this man 

    I’ve watched my face change like the seasons in a Forrest.

    Small brittle branches filled now with spring colours. 

    I’ve seen the wonders of the world through these eyes you planted in me

    In my winter where I was nothing but a silhouette 

    You said those 4 words and gave me life.

    So now in your winter, I return to you, my mother. 

    And from this mouth I proudly wear 

    I say to you, 

    “It will be okay.”

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