shut-up, please

shut-up, please                                            April 7, 2015
having spent my whole life as a girl
and most of it poor
a single-mom
from a mixed race family
armed only with street smarts
and a shield of paper and pens
i find it cute
to hear you speak of
empathy and equality
that you use those words
from your pedestal of privilege
safe in the security
of your superiority
what does a white boy
from an affluent suburb
know about
empathy and equality?
you dare to silence me
because you are uncomfortable
hearing my poetry
how dare you speak
of compassion and solidarity
what temerity – hypocrisy–
that you claim to know me
or pretend to feel my suffering
you spoke those words
of love and safety
but i tell you
there can be no equality
so long as you objectify me
and refuse to confront
the privilege and prejudice
you cannot see within yourself
no, i won’t shut up
until you understand
the shame and silence
inflicted by your hand

About m

My ego wants to think I'm a writer but my heart knows I'm just another one of God's Kids who sometimes has words to say. 2 human kids and 3 feline kids call me Mom. Or Mooooooom. Or mewom, depending which you ask. I'm kinda-sorta busy being a student again; this time I signed myself up for a bizarre torture known as Graduate School. Theoretically in 4ish years I'll have earned some more nice letters to put with my name. Let's face it, I'm addicted to learning and probably need rehab to restore me to sanity and remove the obsession to read books. I don't remember what free time is but I think I like to spend it sleeping or playing in the mud on a river bank.
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2 Responses to shut-up, please

  1. su says:

    You’re fining your voice!! Right on!

    Liked by 1 person

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