If race is a card
Is it something I can put back in the deck?
Do hands get redealt at any point in time?
Is it something that I can hide in my hands behind other
more and/or less important cards
like my gender card
my religion card
my hometown card
Can you believe we knew each other so well, back then? So intimate.
But with the dripping of tears and the passage of years, even the memory is a hazy half-tone photo of a half-forgotten reality.
Did the woman say
When she held him for the first time
in the dark dank of a stable,
After the pain and the bleeding and the crying,
“This is my body, this is my blood?”
Ask me, and I’ll tell you. Tell me, and I’ll listen. Disagree with me, and I’ll consider your view. Teach me, and I’ll learn. BUT order me, tell me what it is I’d better do or else, and you can forget it. ~George Hall~
This is one of my favorite poems that I’ve written. It’s old – from 1999 – but I still love it. I dust if off every now and again and share it with those who want to read.
I often wonder what you think of me
as I […]