Lech Lecha (a poem for the weekly parashat)

Why Would He Do It? 

I can’t help it

I just know I can’t live without it

It feels so natural;

I couldn’t be any other way

I don’t think about it

I have no choice in this

I am who I am;

The Hebrew, the man from afar

I am a Jew

(October, 2021)

By Joey Dean

Canadian Transgender artist Joey Dean paints bold emotional abstracts that warp reality. His pop-surrealism expresses a sadness’s and bittersweet nostalgia for growing up LGBTQ+ in a place where he didn’t exist. He strives to advocate issues within his community such as acceptance over tolerance, supporting victims of violence, and the intersections of mental health and being *Queer.