Saturday, 10 March 2018

A Poem a Day (70): F47

A flash poem written for JD Mader's 2minutes go writing exercise... It's every Friday-Sunday, so if you fancy writing something - whatever you feel like - head over there, or just read the flash fiction and poetry.


It’s breaking, this stasis,
Where we are caught,
Demanding a reckoning
Beginning on an equal
Footing – respect, a full
Consideration of who we are.

We have this right,
As you have always had it,
Despite the way you try
To hold us back, hidden away,
Controlled and rejected. Yet
I pity you, pity this idle need to
Erase us. Are you so weak
That you need to call us so?

We are the same, think the
Same, breathe the same.
Cut us open and you will
Find the same. My heart
Beats the same rhythm.
Yet, in a way I am higher
In not seeking to deflate,
Push you down, demoralise
In conjuring up excuses to
Annihilate your identity.

I am me, and you are you,
And I know who I’d rather be,
Into and beyond equality.

Vickie Johnstone, March 10, 2018

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