Justin Vivian Bond is an activist and trans-genre artist. On and off broadway, in films, writings, solo exhibitions, and music albums, Justin Vivian’s work lives at the intersection of art and activism. Their artistic work questions the gender binary and mirrors their fight for LGBT and gender nonconforming people’s equality on a larger scale.

JUSTIN VIVIENE BOND

Viv's Mx'd Tape

a poem by Viv

At The Other End of The Night

 

At the other end of the night

 

there will be a band playing

 

songs only you know I like

 

and there will be cake

 

-yellow cake with pink icing.

 

There will be a fallen tree

 

covered with moss to sit on

 

or even lay down on

 

if the mood strikes

 

and most likely it will.

 

There will be no reason not to relax except a desire for some other

 

diversion.

 

The air will be fresh

 

and only slightly humid

 

-just warm enough

 

to make your skin glow

 

and rise to my touch.

 

Other people will come by

 

but they'll only stay for a pleasant amount of time

 

then they'll move on.

 

But you'll stay.

 

And I'll stay.

 

Because at the end of the night

 

time spreads itself out before us

 

like a soft blanket

 

awaiting our next move.

 

No rush.

 

No news.

 

Everything is circles

 

and breathing.

 

Scents

 

and textures.

 

No reportage.

 

An occasional feast of flora

 

where we remain.

 

Contained,

 

but not constricted.

 

Together

 

but not "as one."

 

No bravery necessary.

 

Presence assured.

 

Air.

 

Earth.

 

Fire.

 

Water.

 

Spirit.

 

At the end of the night we can rest.

 

But for now

 

hold my hand

 

and don't let go.

 

-by Viv