Monday, February 21, 2011

Poem: Who I am IS NOT a Luxury


Who I am is not a luxury
Priorities don’t see me
The ME that is from within
The ME that is from your perception

My sisters and brothers fail to be included
Is it FEAR that keeps us excluded
Fear of demanding
Fear of engaging
Fear of trusting
Fear of wanting

You assume I have a choice
Choice between who I love
Choice between who I am
Choice between what I am

Our lives have become a political ploy
We were catered to when time and energy were a toy
We were catered to when interest was there
Were we catered to when dollars were there

The sexual economy ensures me in your movement
My political value is not seen
I stand amongst my people
The light has been shown but now the darkness has descended

Now is the time of courage and foresight
Our struggle is not one of equality
Our struggle is one of recognition
Our struggle is grown from within

Each movement does not see me as critical
Each movement asks me to payback
Each movement can not understand me
Each movement is ashamed of me

When I brought us together it was to sing
I wanted US to sing
Sing that song of liberation
Sing those songs that have been forgotten

Enemies come from within
Enemies come from outside
Enemies can be embraced
Enemies are our friend

We can choose to be divided
We can choose to be conquered
We can choose to be valued
We can choose to be

When HOPE is gone there can not be salvation
HOPE does not exist only in imagination
HOPE stares back wanting recognition
HOPE keeps us on our mission

Love is what keeps me at it
Love is what keeps me in it
Love is what keeps me for it
Love is what keeps me

Fear is courage turned inside out
Fear is courage turned upside down
Fear is courage turned around
Fear is courage turned inside out

Challenge is all around us
Challenge is what life teaches us
Challenge is what you can not escape
Challenge is all around us

Who I am is not a luxury
Priorities don’t see me
The ME that is from within
The ME that is from your perception

December 15, 2003    
Nick Metcalf

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