Hop Against Homophobia – Speak Its Name

International Day Against Homophobia 17th May


Homophobic discrimination is a serious issue in every single country on this planet, no matter how big or small. Some countries are more advanced in GLBTQ rights, while in some countries the penalty for being a GLBTQ person is death. All over the world, GLBTQ people are shunned by society, beat up, tortured, raped, and stripped of human rights in various ways. What makes people believe that they have the right to strip someone of their human rights is beyond us.

Two Loves by Lord Alfred Douglas
Reprinted from The Chameleon, December 1894.

I dreamed I stood upon a little hill,
And at my feet there lay a ground, that seemed
Like a waste garden, flowering at its will
With buds and blossoms. There were pools that dreamed
Black and unruffled; there were white lilies
A few, and crocuses, and violets
Purple or pale, snake-like fritillaries
Scarce seen for the rank grass, and through green nets
Blue eyes of shy peryenche winked in the sun.
And there were curious flowers, before unknown,
Flowers that were stained with moonlight, or with shades
Of Nature’s willful moods; and here a one
That had drunk in the transitory tone
Of one brief moment in a sunset; blades
Of grass that in an hundred springs had been
Slowly but exquisitely nurtured by the stars,
And watered with the scented dew long cupped
In lilies, that for rays of sun had seen
Only God’s glory, for never a sunrise mars
The luminous air of Heaven. Beyond, abrupt,
A grey stone wall. o’ergrown with velvet moss
Uprose; and gazing I stood long, all mazed
To see a place so strange, so sweet, so fair.
And as I stood and marvelled, lo! across
The garden came a youth; one hand he raised
To shield him from the sun, his wind-tossed hair
Was twined with flowers, and in his hand he bore
A purple bunch of bursting grapes, his eyes
Were clear as crystal, naked all was he,
White as the snow on pathless mountains frore,
Red were his lips as red wine-spilith that dyes
A marble floor, his brow chalcedony.
And he came near me, with his lips uncurled
And kind, and caught my hand and kissed my mouth,
And gave me grapes to eat, and said, ‘Sweet friend,
Come I will show thee shadows of the world
And images of life. See from the South
Comes the pale pageant that hath never an end.’
And lo! within the garden of my dream
I saw two walking on a shining plain
Of golden light. The one did joyous seem
And fair and blooming, and a sweet refrain
Came from his lips; he sang of pretty maids
And joyous love of comely girl and boy,
His eyes were bright, and ‘mid the dancing blades
Of golden grass his feet did trip for joy;
And in his hand he held an ivory lute
With strings of gold that were as maidens’ hair,
And sang with voice as tuneful as a flute,
And round his neck three chains of roses were.
But he that was his comrade walked aside;
He was full sad and sweet, and his large eyes
Were strange with wondrous brightness, staring wide
With gazing; and he sighed with many sighs
That moved me, and his cheeks were wan and white
Like pallid lilies, and his lips were red
Like poppies, and his hands he clenched tight,
And yet again unclenched, and his head
Was wreathed with moon-flowers pale as lips of death.
A purple robe he wore, o’erwrought in gold
With the device of a great snake, whose breath
Was fiery flame: which when I did behold
I fell a-weeping, and I cried, ‘Sweet youth,
Tell me why, sad and sighing, thou dost rove
These pleasent realms? I pray thee speak me sooth
What is thy name?’ He said, ‘My name is Love.’
Then straight the first did turn himself to me
And cried, ‘He lieth, for his name is Shame,
But I am Love, and I was wont to be
Alone in this fair garden, till he came
Unasked by night; I am true Love, I fill
The hearts of boy and girl with mutual flame.’
Then sighing, said the other, ‘Have thy will,
I am the love that dare not speak its name.’

Speak Its Name. Often.

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39 Responses

  1. Love that. Such a beautiful poem. Thank you for sharing it!

  2. Such a beautiful poem. For those of us who see it so clearly, it’s impossible to understand the desire to strip someone of dignity and basic rights.

  3. That is such a beautiful poem. I sincerely hope that one day it will be the love that DARE speak it name wherever you live and whoever you are.

  4. Oscar did love him so. Fitting that their portrait should be posted on a blog against homophobia, considering how badly it ended for them then and for others now. Great post.

  5. Beautiful poem! If you consider how things were 100 years ago, we did come in the technical development. The equal rights still have to follow, since homosexuality is still a criminal offence is some countries. I hope it wont take another 100 years to achieve equality unbiased on gender or sexual preference.

  6. I believe love can triumph over hate and that it always will!

    Thanks for participating in the blog hop.


  7. Lovely poem, thank you for sharing it with us today!

  8. Great post, I love that poem!

  9. I’ve never read that poem before – absolutely beautiful – and it led me to a little bit of non-linear internet research and reading. Fascinating stuff. Love it when I can learn a little something too! Thanks for sharing.

  10. Great post. Thanks for participating.

  11. That was totally awesome, thank you for sharing and participating in this hop


  12. Wonderful poem! Thank you for sharing this, it’s sad that even in the 21th century loving someone can be a criminal offence.

  13. so much chagrin for the most beautiful of sentiments – for every human being..
    (and in their case really a lot of sorrow to come…)
    but a very beautiful poem, thank you.

  14. Thank you for that poem. I loved it.

  15. Thanks for the poem. I read it many years ago and never forgot it.

  16. Thank you for the poem. I read it many years ago and never forgot it, it was nice to see it here.

  17. A beautiful poem that sums love up perfectly. Thanks so much for sharing!


  18. Loved the poem, epecially this part: “I fell a-weeping, and I cried, ‘Sweet youth,
    Tell me why, sad and sighing, thou dost rove
    These pleasent realms? I pray thee speak me sooth
    What is thy name?’ He said, ‘My name is Love.’”

  19. Bosie got such a bad rap in the movie WILDE, so I’m glad to know the (lovely) work of the real man. Thank you!

  20. Thank you for the post, that is a wonderful poem.

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  21. Thank you for sharing such a loving poem. Wish it would have go across the boundaries

  22. I showed a bunch of these post to the teens in my family to show them how hurt some “innocent” remarks are to many others. I get so annoyed when my nephew says “you’re so gay”. ERRRR drove me crazy. I know he didn’t mean anything by it but it is so wrong to use that as a saying. I think that these post have helped. Thank you all for sharing with us!

  23. Thanks for participating for this wonderful cause of awareness…I teach high schoolers and this is a topic that we discuss at length. I just want them to be aware and know that they have the power to change the world!

  24. I haven’t read that poem in years. It is still as powerful as ever. I think we all have to stand up against injustice. I am a straight woman but if I stand by and do nothing then I am just as guilty as the bigots.

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  25. Great poem. I really hope homophobia and even worse the hate crimes fueled by it can stop.

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  26. Heartbreaking poem. Perfect for this hop, though, and your post makes me proud to be a member of the group. (And as such, please leave my name out of the drawing — just stopping by to check out the Hop posts.)

  27. Thanks for particpating and the beautiful poem. I also love that pic.

  28. I knew that particular phrase was from a poem but had never read the poem itself until today. Thank you for sharing it for the blog hop, it is very fitting.

  29. Thank you the poem it’s very fitty for the hop!

  30. Thanks so much for that lovely poem that just shows how far behind we are, that that was written so long ago and people are still treated the same way.

  31. Just lovely. It says it all without mentioning the beloved identity.


  32. Thanks so much for taking part 🙂 That’s a beautiful poem.

  33. Great poem, I’ve read so many great post the last few days thanks to the hop!

  34. Thanks for participating!!


  35. Thanks for joinging the hop and thanks for sharing

  36. thank u for the wonderful poem~

  37. Thank you for the post on such a great cause. I loved the hop.


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