EROTIC FAITH

You are radiant

Erotic energy amplified by leather

Faith in a higher power

Aligned with desire

 

I could never believe in a god

Who doesn’t sanctify consensual pleasure

I cannot be guided by a religion

That demands that I suppress who I am

 

You have described your journey

Grappling with queer identity

Reconciling this inner truth

With the strictures of faith

 

We need these stories

These nuanced narratives

Realigning faith with liberation

Undermining the logic of haram

 

The contours of struggle are evolving

There are walls dismembering Palestine

Walls awaiting an indigenous Stonewall Rebellion

 

Oil-rich oligarchs deploy strict moral codes

Obscuring their parasitic feudal power

Investing in fundamentalist faith 

Praying that their regimes will not be challenged from below

 

Your body pulsates

Infused with sinuous resonance

Evoking erotic faith

Evoking sacred orgasmic transcendence

 

We have never met

But I believe we are spirit brothers

Conjoined in the evolution of a new world

 

Rooting spirituality in joy and connection

Challenging our myriad faith traditions

Crafting an inclusive matrix of sacred passion and desire

Demanding and creating the nascent power of erotic faith

Leather: @armyofmenco, Model: @_sadiqsadiq, Photos: @rafandway1

–BYPO PHOENIX c)2022

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