PRIVILEGE | Poetry

“You’re far more privileged than I am,”

Says the girl to the boy. “It’s not rare;

That I walk down the street, only to be harassed,  

Gunned down with jokes and comments too crass

For me to repeat, men stare at my ass

“Yes you’re far more privileged than I.”

.

“You’re far more privileged than I am,”

Says the boy to the girl out of steam,

“If I show emotion, then I am unmanned;

Poor mental health seems to go hand in hand

With pressures so harsh, why can’t you understand

That you’re far more privileged than I?”

.

“You’re far more privileged than I am,”

Says the boy with the much darker skin,

“Still I’ve clamoured and cried for change and reform,

You all fit in ’cause you’re seen as the norm

You made me a stranger the day I was born,

You’re far more privileged than I.”

                                    .

“You’re far more privileged than I am,”

Says the Nigerian mother of two,

Back home was respect; I have two degrees,

Yet here, I’ve had to beg on my knees,

My accent translates my demands into pleas,

You’re far more privileged than I ooooo.”

                                    .

“You’re far more privileged than I am,”

Says the girl who was pulled out of school,

“When I open my mouth, people think I’m a fool,

I stay quiet and under my husband’s dark rule,

Subjugated to pain; don’t you think that that’s cruel?

No question: I am less privileged than you.”

                                      .

“You’re far more privileged than I am,”

Calls the girl, leaning on silver crutch

“You all forget ‘bout the blessing of health,

You curse it while chasing for gold and for wealth,

You have strength, agility, long life and stealth,

So you’re far more privileged than I.”

                                      . 

“You’re far more privileged than I am,”

Says the woman who’s always called ‘fat’

“I’ve learned to make jokes from the meanest of glares,

Still I’m blamed and shamed; whilst I know life’s not fair

When I’m mocked, though I try, I can’t help but care,

You’re far more privileged than I.”

                                      .

Privilege eyeballs them all,

Upon Privilege, must lie the call:

They smile wryly and say,

In the nicest of ways,

“WE’RE the least privileged of all.”

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