TO MY TRANSGENDER GOD,
TO MY TRANSGENDER GOD, The Father of Monsters, Worldbreaker, Shapeshifter, Liesmith: I came for change, I came looking to learn how to shed skins with greater ease, I came to learn to honour my body with it's aches and dysphorias. You bring fury, you show me how to strip off the mask again, you show me the holy in places I am not looking.
Your patience and love give me strength. Your sly humour and long endurance keep me going during the tough nights. Your beautiful rage at the agony that Your children go through makes me feel like my existence is worth something, Worldbreaker.
Thank You for teaching me how to be angry and for finding beauty in my limbs. Thank You for teaching me to know that even the difficult pain of a human body is still important, still needed.
I am happy to offer you devotion.
Author’s note: the poet sees Loki as a transgender male, hence the appellation ‘God’. Readers may change the title as they see fit for their own prayers and rituals.
Cardinal is a 30-year-old heathen and polytheist with ten years of practice. They live in Canada where they worship Loki, Hel, Loki's family, and Odin. When not writing devotional poetry, they like to write haiku. They also play a lot of board games. You can find them on Tumblr at: silenceshome.