so tired (#11 of 30)

logic and society dictate
that i walk through the streets with a smile on my face
that i never cry or glower as i suffer
that i tie my sense of being to being somebody’s child lover or mother
constantly asked to stand down
to fade away into the background
to call the energy i expend a self-serving sacrifice
to make distinctions between those who are just naughty and not nice
so tired of being forced to hide my curves and my brown skin
susceptible to fluctuations of unwanted public opinion
expected not to fight just take whatever is my due
bombarded with pop quiz questions without a fucking clue
want to raise my voice and swing my fists
and not be silenced with red tape on my lips
to burn and loot and rage
to not be told to act my age


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