Jamez Sitings: Unworthy

Photo courtesy of Jamez L. Smith

Pride: consciousness of one’s own dignity.

Consciousness: the state of being awake and aware of one’s surroundings.

Dignity: the quality or state of being worthy, honored, or esteemed

Worth: personal value

Honored: respected

Esteemed: held in great respect

 

Ergo, Pride:

 

“Being awake and aware of one’s own state of worthiness of being held in great respect.”

 

 

Invited to contribute a piece on Pride.

Nothing comes.

 

Stall at one question.

Stop at one answer.

don’t want to write this piece.

 

What are we so proud of?

stall.

What are we so proud of?

 

don’t want to right this piece.

 

Chagrining a culture filled with binary,

we “cancel” each other in fear of pronouns

as our Trans Sisters & Brothers … sorry …

Our Trans Siblings

are murdered without consequence.

 

Saying Their Names

Jayne Thompson

Tony McDade

Both trans

Both killed

by police

Hundreds of names unsaid

 

don’t want to right this piece.

 

Black stripe, Brown stripe

White Stripe, Azure Stripe

 

As if resistant to inclusion,

we dispute changes to a flag.

 

Tradition unhampered by progress.

 

Unconscious

Unconscientious

Far from awake

Undignified

 

don’t want to write this piece.

 

Privilege and Preference on Parade

A litany of isms upholding floats

Waving banners

Representation matters

Just signs

 

 

The question remains.

The answer the same.

 

don’t want to write this piece.

 

don’t want to write this piece.

 

Dishonored.

Disrespected.

 

 

If one of us suffers

If one of us hurts

 

stop at one answer.

 

Unworthy.

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