Dis Respect

Irrelevance is king
and privilege
the crown prince
and the silence that surrounds
speaks volumes
heap it on
as you’ve noticed
I’m good
at shouldering
whatever straws
get heaped there
slings and arrows
I see them
hear them
feel them
and in the tininess of my reality
refuse to duck
Throw the venom
dis is all the respect there is
and this is all
of the respect
I will ever expect
shield my gaze
hide the pain
I will not let you see
how deep the wounds
I get it
I understand
what more can I expect
used and abused
heap on dis respect
Assume it is my due
karma’s a bitch
and time always passes


author: April Wells
published 9/1/16

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