I Know You Don’t Feel Sorry for Me

I know where you’re coming from

Believe me, I do.

But two wrongs don’t make a right.

Do you think they do?

.

I know you don’t feel sorry for me,

And I don’t expect you to.

But how exactly would you feel

If it were told to you?

.

We’ve had enough of your kind here

[Insert your sex or race].

We don’t allow your kind in here

It’s our special place.

.

We know what it is you’ve done

In your liar’s heart.

You or someone just like you.

You’ll do for a start.

.

You see the crime has come and gone

And the criminal too.

But the victim looked just like me.

The dick head looked like you.

.

We’ve had enough of your kind here

[Insert your sex or race].

We don’t allow your kind in here

It’s our special place.

.

I know you don’t feel sorry for me,

And I don’t expect you to.

But how exactly would you feel

If it were told to you?

.

I know where you’re coming from

Believe me, I do.

But two wrongs don’t make a right?

Do you think they do?

***

I wrote this poem from a couple of lines that popped in my head when I was supposed to be going to sleep, so I kind of rushed through it. I had been looking through different literary journals for places that might take the weird poems that I have been writing lately, and each one of them had a note saying that they were devoted to promoting equity for women, people of color, LGBTQ, neurodivergent, and disabled. And I totally understand the need to take such measures to insure these peoples’ voices are being heard. And I support the literary journals in their efforts. However, I, like everyone else, can be egocentric at times. So in the back of my mind I thought, “Wait a minute, that makes things harder for me.” And I was trying to capture that little voice in the back of my head. But the poem comes out sounding strident and accusatory and more than a little angry. And I am none of those things. But I think the poem has good rhythm and good rhyme for what I do, so I will post it with this note and a promise that one day I will do something to improve on it. But I can’t promise that it will be any day soon because I get distracted in everything new and shiny.

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