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Michael T. Young: Two Poems

Plagiarism, From the Latin
Plagium Meaning “a Kidnapping”
My friend leaned into me,
clapped his hand on my shoulder
and called me a word he paid for
with the color of his skin,
and it meant he liked me.
I wanted to be liked
and sent his word back to him.
But from my mouth it cracked
like a whip, its leather
braided from the history of my people
enslaving his people,
and we were tossed on a ship
crossing the Atlantic in 1619,
and there was no way to unsay
the distance, no passage back,
no way to return what I’d taken.


White Privilege
When you’re not the target
you can ignore the gun. 


Copyright 2022 Michael T. Young

Michael T. Young's books include The Infinite Doctrine 
of Water published by Terrapin.
Michael T. Young

3 comments on “Michael T. Young: Two Poems

  1. loranneke
    June 16, 2022

    those three last lines: “no way to unsay
    the distance, no passage back,
    no way to return what I’d taken.”!

    Liked by 4 people

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