Poem 11

Get Real

Poised with a dripping pen,

Lying in wait for the misstep

One mistake

And you’re toast.

 

Run for office?

Vent your voice?

Public shaming looms large.

 

You’re called a racist

Sexist

Misogynist

Misanthrope

Ageist

Conformist.

 

Colored People’s time?

Only if you’re colored.

Call someone a bitch?

Only if you’re female.

Call out a queer?

Only if you own it.

 

Rules turn muddy

And we wait to spring

From the shadows

At the gaffe

That proves we are better

We are better

I am better

Than you.

#30poemsin30days

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About Cynthia Coleman Emery

Professor and researcher at Portland State University who studies science communication, particularly issues that impact American Indians. She is enrolled with the Osage tribe.
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2 Responses to Poem 11

  1. treeinspace says:

    I have been enjoying your “poem a day” quest. Keep jousting!

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