An open statement in my defence

You,
that person standing in the shadows
looking at me
but pretending you are not.

I am not some piece of dog shit
that mated with your shoe
as you traipsed
along life’s dirty sidewalk
that you can wipe off
with a
soaking
wet
paper towel
and pretend I never existed.

I am not over-chewed gum
some uncaring person
deposited under the table
stuck for eternity
or at least until someone
with a
big,
sharp
knife
scrapes me off.

I am a person,
a living being not
a thing
on display for you
to study with disdain
grimacing as if
you have a
nasty,
putrid
taste in your mouth.

My beliefs
may not be the same
as yours,
but I carry the
weight
of hope on my shoulders
and you will
never,
ever
understand how important that is.

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