Beyond the Gaze

For all of my sisters around the world

my love for you resides beyond the gaze
past the communal judgments
and social constructions
guiding me through my endeavor
of raptly discovering the real you

the one behind the mirror image
without makeup or mask
ephemeral and mysterious
whose story needs to be told

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John Michael Antonio

John Michael Antonio is a freelance writer, photographer, poet and screenwriter. He claims his Midwestern roots while at the same time admitting his incurable and insatiable love and addiction for all things New York City. He has been the husband to his wife, the love of his life, for almost thirty years and is a father of three wonderful children. He is an unapologetic male feminist as well as a passionate lover of fashion, art, movies and music from all eras and genres. An endless dreamer, John Michael is also an avid historian, ex-punk rocker and a legendary Internet surfer who sleeps, on average, about four hours a day. His main personal website, The World of John Michael Antonio, can be found at


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