Sometimes, when people talk about white people,
exactly one half of me hits the Eject Button.
Not being white, that half says, Okay, this thing isn’t about me
so, I’m just going to hang out over there and think about other things,
and then the other half of me tries to tag along,
looks for an exit door he too can slip through,
but the half of me that just opted out, says, No, This
is important for you to hear. You really need to sit and listen to this,
and then the other half says No, I’m with you. We’re
the same person, and then the first one yells
something like, Not this time, Colonizer!
but that’s when I notice I’m talking aloud
and everyone’s looking at me. It’s okay
if everyone’s looking at you. It’s fine if both voices
are right. If both voices are wrong. If they’re not
talking about you but you should listen
because it’s important. If they are talking about you
but you shouldn’t listen because they’re clueless.
You might walk through many rooms.
You were welcome before you arrived.
It’s okay if what you feel is anxious.
If what you feel is calm. If what you feel is jarring.
If what you feel can best be described
as torsion pendulums, elm trees,
feeder roots, escrima sticks, algae on the surface
of water surrounding you and then letting you go.
Childhood & Coming of Age
Intersectionality & Culture
a figure of speech in which words repeat at the beginning of successive clauses, phrases, or sentences
the absence of a conjunction (for, and, nor, but, or, yet, so…) between phrases and within a sentence
conversation between two or more people as a feature of a book, play, or movie
(of a literary work) in the form of letters
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