Friday, March 10, 2017

The Irrelevant

The fear that white men feel today
of Chinese-Mexican robots taking their jobs
I knew in the womb: born knowing
there was some mistake—my brain
and body weren’t designed for this
strange terrain
where ghosts and heroes move so fluidly
the world seems like a second skin to them.

I did not know the word privilege,
the name Karl Marx, identity politics
and the need to pray
that yours is chosen by the loudest voice.
But I knew, I knew, that there was some mistake.