Reading this do not expect
An unconditional respect
This poem is an unsafe space
You may be told things to your face
This poem may not feel the need
To be polite about your creed
It may not think your origins
Excuse your weaknesses or sins
It maybe will not lend its voice
To validate your sexual choice
resist attempts to curb
Its power to worry or disturb
It may not think its task to be
To flatter your identity
Although its authorís male and white
It may perhaps assert the right
To speak of gender and of race.
This poem is an unsafe space.
If you have any comments on this poem, George Simmers would
be pleased to hear from you.