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QUIET

IT’S A CONFUSING TIME
FOR A CIS WHITE MAN
WHO WANTS HIS WORK TO HAVE POLITICAL WEIGHT.
I LIKE TO WRITE ABOUT WHAT’S WRONG
IN THE SOCIAL CLIMATE,
BUT RIGHT NOW, I’M IT,
SO THAT’S JUST GREAT.
AND I NEED, TONIGHT, BEING CIS AND WHITE
TO SORT OUT WHAT ONE SHOULD DO
WHEN ON ANY BIG ISSUE THE VERY LAST VIEW
THAT ANYONE NEEDS IS FROM YOU.
 
SO I’M CHECKING MY PRIVILEGE
CUZ I KNOW WHAT’S AT STAKE,
AND I ACHE TO STAY WOKE
WHICH I THINK MEANS AWAKE.
I’M EAGER TO HELP
BUT IT’S SOMETIMES SAD
TO REALIZE YOU
HAVE NOTHING TO ADD.
 
AND SO I’VE RACKED MY BRAIN
AS A CIS WHITE MAN
TO FIND A SONG WITH THE RIGHT MESSAGE TO SING.
TO BE ASSURED, NO MATTER
WHAT I DO OR DON’T SAY
AT LEAST I WON’T SAY
THE EXACT WRONG THING.
SO THIS MINDFUL MAN’S GOT WITH ONE LAST PLAN
AND IT’S FINALLY TIME TO TRY IT:
HERE ARE TWO MINUTES OF ME
BEING QUIET.
 
You’re welcome.


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