Written and performed for my show, ‘Love, Lust and Loathing in the Bloomsbury Literati’, during the Bloomsbury Festival
Lytton and Virginia were literary lions.
They prowled around the Bloomsbury Set,
Vetting interlopers that they met,
Pronouncing them suitable…or maybe not yet.
Their writing set the world aflame.
Their Bohemian lifestyle banished shame.
They tipped convention on its head,
For a new life order…or so they said.
Who would have thought, that he and she,
Would strike up a friendship so immediately.
A connection that lasted the whole of their life
Closer than lover, husband or wife.
He tall and thin, wracked with crippling fear,
Terrified of intimacy…
Yet desperate to be near.
She of similar stature, tormented by self-doubt,
Wanting to be uninhibited…
Struggling to let it out.
Both driven by ambition and desire to be rich.
Both liked to gossip, ruminate and bitch,
Suffer romantic torment and unrequited love.
As long-suffering partners strove to rise above.
A monumental relationship,
Based on values both held dear.
A very English friendship,
Eccentric and Queer.
Lets raise the flag,
Be Glad, be Gay
For today we celebrate
We’re part of family LGBT
Being ourselves, you and me
In our community we play a part
With open mind and generous heart
It’s wonderful to have the joy
Of loving either girl or boy
Being open to Loves possibility
Breaking boundaries, being free
My choice could be a husband
My choice could be a wife
Or any of the in-betweens
It’s Love that predicts my life
There is no need to hide away
Feel frightened. Live a lie
If it’s okay to be Straight or Gay
Then it’s okay to be Bi.
I was interviewed by the lovely Clare Lynch for Soho Society Hour on Soho Radio on 29 June, 2017, during which I also performed some poetry, recorded below. The full interview can be found here: https://www.mixcloud.com/sohoradio/the-soho-society-hour-29062017/
Love happens here.
In family, L.G.B.T.
In our relationships far and near.
It’s the heart of us and we.
Love can be enough,
In sunshine or in showers.
When the going gets tough,
It’s Love that empowers.
Love is our Diversity,
It’s the best that we can be.
It’s the Talent and Creativity,
Within our Community.
Love is you and me.
We show it in a smile,
In our Endeavor and Tenacity,
In our ‘Fabulosa’ Style.
Yes, Love happens here.