Poetry is just the evidence of life. If your life is burning well, poetry is just the ash. Leonard Cohen

Friday, January 16, 2015

Seven Thoughts About Privilege

can walk down any street
No one
is afraid

can shop anywhere
Clerks say hello
Privilege isn't followed

walks behind people
who do not
quicken their pace

orders a pizza
It gets delivered
to the door

wears a hoodie
People assume
it is just cold

passes on the sidewalk
don't clutch purses tighter

says, "I don't see color"
It doesn't have to.

submitted for dVerse Poets Pub, One-Two-Three-Ten Word!


Anonymous said...

Oh, these are good. I wrote a poem once about this, based on an experience. I took my Mom shopping to a priviledged store. I was dressed casually and the clerks ignored me. The next day I returned to pick up what she had ordered. I was dressed to go out to dinner and they just about drooled on me. Some people base so much on appearance.

Brian Miller said...

hey you...been forever since i was here...pivilege does carry its perks...i saw somewhere they had put the hoodie law into effect...my students and i kinda talked it through one day....prejudice is still alive and well, for sure...

brudberg said...

So true here.. the privilege of walking and have the freedom of choice, vs having always have to be prepared to be ignored or worse.. Myself have passed to the age where I'm always feeling privileged... and the scary thing is that you cease to notice that you pass by all the lanes.

Maude Lynn said...

So much truth here! Really good stuff.

Claudia said...

yep... that is all privilege... and we too often take it for granted - but i know from visitors from other countries where a woman couldn't walk the street alone - esp. not at night - i'm thankful i can

Kathy Reed said...

One could write a book on privilege..or someone already has....

Anonymous said...

I like that this is a series, but each one stands alone. Nice take on the prompt. Peace, Linda

Scarlet said...

The last one is really good LM ~ Admiring the unravelling of privileges ~

Rosemary Nissen-Wade said...

Wow, these pack a punch ... after the double-take.

Gabriella said...

I liked this, how you made a whole out of your different ten-word poems. I think you captured 'privilege' in a very powerful and realistic way.

Mary said...

You have given a 'face' to Privilege..... we have all seen them, as they are everywhere.

Unknown said...

yes, yes... makes me think of how I've been followed around, told not to wear my hood up, to come home before dark so people won't mistake me for a "thug"... it's 2014 and it feels like time is going backwards...

Ginny Brannan said...

Such preoccupations with appearance, and yet media, news, even Hollywood guide our conceptions on this. When are we going to realize that the adage about not "judging a book by it's cover" is so absolutely true.

Anonymous said...

thought provoking - so much power in so few words -

Anonymous said...

true, each one - complex like life

Marcoantonio Arellano (Nene) said...

privilege is not being pulled over because the car you're driving seems to nice and you're told after checking your papers and articulate the reason you were out driving was because you were going to visit friends in an upscale berb. 'why'd you pull me over, officers'?"...we thought you were speeding back there. ok, your papers seem to be in order"

has happened in Ind.,Iowa, Ohio. can anyone say 'profiling'. alive and well

yes my tan is an all year round one. my black hair is not dye and my latino music on my radio is actually my mamasita singing on tape when she used to perform in different countries.

i go to sit two seats away from two women sitting at the bar in an upscale pub and the one who's using a stool for her purse suddenly grabs it and puts it on her lap.

Fireblossom said...

Privilege is pretty much blind to itself; it just feels normal to those who have it. Just ask any male about privilege and wait for the blank look.

ds said...

So sadly true. The fifth particularly so.Privilege does not need to see itself. Excellent write. Thank you.

Outlawyer said...

They all work separately and together as well as clear powerful statements. Thanks, Lola. k. (http://manicddaily.wordpress.com)

Kerry O'Connor said...

This is very astute poetry, LM.