Wednesday, October 7, 2020

Leering and Jeering

 Inspired by the Vice Presidential debate, with the presidential debate still fresh in my mind.

I’ve been told what to wear, where to sit, when to speak, what to say, for my entire life

Been told I was wrong so many times that when I get a compliment at work

I don’t know how to react

Been second guessed about nearly every major decision I’ve ever made

Been made to feel small when I tried to stand proud and tall

Been asked to do more and more and more, it was never enough

When I made a step forward, a man tried to push me back or jump ahead of me

Been leered at, jeered at, mansplained

And I’m still here.

My brain still works,

I can walk, talk, and vote

I can sing and dance and run circles around whoever I want to

Leering, jeering, talking over me, and putting me down

Add fuel to my fire

Give me a reason to exist

No bully is going to keep me down

Sticks and stones can break my bones

Names can break my heart

But nothing can break my spirit for long

No one has the right to tell me how to think, what to think, and how God will judge me.

Stop with the hypocrisy, the bullying, and the idea that you are superior.

Bullying doesn’t make it so.

Talking over me won’t make it so.

Ignoring my requests to let me speak won’t make it so

Twisting my words and interpreting them through your tunnel vision lens won’t make it so

So stop your leering, jeering, and bullying

And get out of my way.

I have somewhere I need to go

And things I need to do

For myself, for my children, for my community, for my country.