Wednesday, December 5, 2007

WE’RE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER

You’re just a statistic here
she says
here to fill a quota
with the “o” at the end of his name
sliding him into some
other column
in her mind
never mind
his achievements talents goals aspirations
it’s just what she sees
the dark skin
the vowel;
and nooses hanging
intimidation
on University doorknobs
here in
America
in the 21st Century
while doors slam in the face of the other
just a joke
or prank
nothing serious
we’ve moved past that;
and while shopping
couldn’t squeeze past the woman
whose obesity choked the isle
sliding her into
some other column
in my mind…

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