I felt your outrage.

It exploded full blast.

Catching me sitting at the back of the room. Unaware.

Me, who neither shares your experience or your identity. Me, who you accuse of privilege. Who can never be one of you.

Why me?

Can’t you see that I am a lot like you?

Of course, you can’t.

And why should you?

It is, oh so familiar.

I felt your outrage.

Lashing out at authority

and those who resembled “the man.”

Cutting them down to size. Wanting them to suffer. Judging them in their place.

I pray that a tender memory will exist for you one day,          

as it now does for me.

Towards the imperfect ones.

I’m so much like they were.

EH!

It’s a joke to think that anyone is one thing. We’re all such complex creatures. But if I’m going to be a poster child for anything, anger’s a gorgeous emotion. It gets a bad rap, but it can make great changes happen. (Alanis Morissette)

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One Comment

  1. Susan Szpakowski

    Outrage comes from separation
    the places cut off inside ourselves
    and then community
    the histories we cannot bear
    to see and feel.
    It’s better than numb
    the waking is pain
    the dragon unfurls in the belly
    shoots its fire into the brain
    words become flames
    leaving scorched earth.
    It’s about time
    it’s about release
    it’s about voice breaking free.
    Later in life we become bone pickers
    searching cold ashes for bits of the enemy
    because we need them
    to heal ourselves.
    Is there another way?

    Thanks Al for turning yourself inside out and outside in, for all of us travelers.

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