Sniggers at androgyny are a poor purdah on our insecurities, says Rajib Chakrabarti

I hope one day I’ll tell the truth

how I feel and how I look

and risk the love you feel for me

and invite the loathing you reserve

for girls that ogle at girls

and boys who do likewise.

Those who hear my voice and say

“Ma’am” wouldn’t make the same mistake

if they saw my beard before they spoke.

They suspect, or just share the joke

with friends who have a hearty laugh

for androgyny is ever so funny

in voice or look or the way you walk

or even in the way you fall in love.

Leaving the comfort of the closet is really

poor temptation indeed.

Main illustration credit: Anupam Hazra (artwork created with pen ink and highlighter marker pens on art paper).