Saturday, July 24, 2010

I have never experienced discrimination before
but now

discrimination's negativity surrounds all that I do
its persistence begins to shape outcome
its piercing cruelty penetrates motivation
its flames burn out goals
nothing I do is good enough
all that I do is wrong.

Like a critical old hag, discrimination
stares me down and stands
always here telling me the ONLY way--
always harsh and always loud
always hateful of what I do.

I think discrimination is bigger
than I am.

I think it wins.

from forthcoming book

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