I started to think today how much fun it would be to participate in an LBGTQ Pride Poetry Challenge starting June 1st.  Next thing I knew, I had 30 Pride Anthems organized for writing prompts!

If you would like to participate, email your prompt inspired pieces to me at and I will publish my favorites on Brave and Reckless.  You can also participate on Facebook by tagging your writing with:

  • # the daily theme
  • #PrideAnthemChallenge
  • @braveandreckless66

If you would like to know more about the musical inspirations, please see the anthems and the artists below:

1 True Colors (Cyndi Lauper) 16 Kiss the Boy ( Keiynan Lonsdale)
2 I Kissed A Girl (Katy Perry) 17 Not the Only One (Melissa Etheridge)
3 It’s Raining Men (The Weather Girls) 18 We Are Family (Sister Sledge)
4 Born This Way (Lady Gaga) 19 Raise Your Glass (P!ink)
5 Beautiful (Christine Aguilera) 20 Rebel Girl (Bikini Kill)
6 Girls Like Girls (Kayley Kiyoko) 21 I’m Coming Out (Diana Ross)
7 Wig In A Box (Hedwig and the Angry Inch) 22 Dancing on My Own (Robyn)
8 Promises (Calvin Harris/Sam Smith) 23 Boyfriend (Tegan and Sara)
9 You Make Me Feel (Sylvester) 24 Teenage Dream (Katy Perry)
10 Alive (Sia) 25 War Paint (Frankie Simone)
11 I Will Survive (Gloria Gayner) 26 Damn, I Wish I Was Your Lover
12 Bitches (Tove Lo) 27 Lady Marmalade (Patti LaBelle)
13 Same Love/She Keeps Me Warm (Mary Lambert, Macklemore & Lewis) 28 Over the Rainbow (Judy Garland)
14 A Little Respect (Erasure) 29 American Pie (Shea Diamond)
15 Brave (Sara Bareilles) 30 We R Who We R (Kesha)


Saffron and Chestnuts- Christine Ray


I pity you

you with your

narrow definitions

of beauty


by the notion

that a woman

must be a



Barbie doll


blue eyed

blonde curls

to earn a place on your arm

you are blind

to how sexy her strong is

or her throaty laugh

that gorgeous brain

her wicked sense of humor

you don’t know how delicious

her saffron lips taste

or the way her chestnut eyes sparkle

when she wraps her

golden brown arms

around my neck

and calls me “Baby”


© 2018 Christine Elizabeth Ray – All Rights Reserved