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

It may 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.

George Simmers

If you have any comments on this poem, George Simmers would be pleased to hear from you.