I have a dream. – Timothy Arliss O’Brien

The other night I had a visceral dream. 


My banner was ten feet tall. 

Enshrined upon it was God Loves Everyone.

Rainbows dropped from it, as I stood blocking evil. 

For you see

Behind me

Was a banner reading: Fags Burn In Hell. 

The hatred spewed from the banner and angry bigot holding it. 

The name calling and void-of-love burned my ears,


I endured through the whole parade. 

Teaching others acceptance and love. 

A queer nocturnal heart cry. 


I have a dream! 

(Tell them about the dream Tim!)

I have a dream,

That one day, 

The world will have equity and acceptance, for all my queer family. 

A world so full of love there is no space for homophobia. 

I still have that dream. 

I am an interdisciplinary artist in music composition, writing, and visual arts. My goal is to connect people to accessible new music that showcases virtuosic abilities without losing touch of authentic emotions. I have premiered music with The Astoria Music Festival, Cascadia Composers, and Sound of Late’s 48 hour Composition Competition. I also want to produce writing that connects the reader to themselves in a way that promotes wonder and self realization. I have self published several novels, and have written for Look Up Records (Seattle), Our Bible App, and Deep Overstock: The Bookseller’s Journal. Check out my full discography, Where Are WE?, Piano Memories, Fear Sides and Soundbath, and my newest novel, Dear God I’m a Faggot at my website: www.timothyarlissobrien.com

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