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"The Gender-Fluid Seer"

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          As a young lad,
          As a young maid,
the gender-fluid seer
     met a pair of snakes.

Tiresias lost their eyes     
     but expanded their wisdom.

They advised seven generations
     of Theban kings.

They provided marital therapy
     to Zeus and Hera.

When Odysseus showed up
     in the afterlife,
     he found Tiresias counseling souls.

Tiresias fascinated the ancients.

Gender reassignment
     for them,
          was a kind of magic
         
or a gift from the gods.
    
For Tiresias,          
     a personal discovery,          
     a period of exploration,
and ultimately,          
     a choice.

Greg R. Fishbone
May 2020

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