clean your mess

you don’t think I could be as woke as you
I am not as White as you so I won’t judge
oh no, let me take it back, I hate you
so stop sending me what you think I should read

I’ll be waiting here for you to come around
because stupid me still thinks you’re a friend
you once cared for me, and I cared for you
let me believe in you

you may know a thing or two
about the place I come from
but is it peer-reviewed?
have you defended it yet?

I may have an accent but it doesn’t make you wiser
when I say “come again,” you don’t have to paraphrase
do we have our papers? hey, that’s none of your business
come back to me when you’ve cleaned your mess

you put all of us into a box
just like you did in the 40’s
but don’t forget you tend to underestimate
perseverance and resilience

you may think the world is upside-down
and now you’re the victims of our time
suffocated, you’re screaming, “I can’t breathe”
don’t worry we can hear you loud and clear

your safest streets are the most
dangerous streets for us all
no, my ESL teacher
knew what safe and dangerous mean

I may have an accent but it doesn’t make you wiser
when I say “come again,” you don’t have to paraphrase
do we have our papers? hey, that’s none of your business
come back to me when you’ve cleaned your mess

Masaki C. Matsumoto
A queer writer and YouTuber. UChicago MA dropout. My preferred pronouns are they/them. Read more

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