NaPoWriMo 2018, Day 22: "Pick a Mess & Start" by Ian Erinson[image:52]
Pick a Mess & Start
I'm a white dude but not to me, to me
I'm just me, & since I'm a white dude I don't even know
what is a white dude, any more than a firefly knows what a lightning bug is.
Because I've sold plasma to buy milk I know what poor is,
& because I've not been middle class that long I know what it means to fill every prescription & pay every utility all at once.
Knowing who I am is a luxury.
Not knowing who I am's a privilege. I know
white dudes rule, & knowing that white dudes rule
makes me feel dirty, but feeling dirty even if I'm filthy in fact doesn't make the place I live livable.
I need to shower, but my roommates need me
to wash the plates, dump the ashtrays, deodorize the drapes, shampoo the carpet & rinse the beer bottles
from the long loud party I didn't invite them to.
-- Ian Erinson
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