On my identity (a poem about Identity politics)

So you Simplify

Exemplify And

Ratify in an attempt to

Dignify

Vilify in an ‘oh I just criticize’

Exotic-fy and then go and Fetishize

 

This is to demonize

Dehumanize in an attempt to compromise

 

It is simply Shallow and Ignorant

And damn right Narrow and Arrogant

 

On my identity

All that makes me

The complex but non-conforming

The Fluid and non-believing

The Rapidly growing

Constantly changing

A million steps towards

Not one thing

But a million things

Celebrating Dissent

Image courtesy of @De Balie Amsterdam

 

It is impossible to Simplify

While I do not want to horrify

you

I do want to amplify

that

You’ve no idea what I have to nullify,

no

 

On days that I am horrified

By your utter ignorance

on my existence

 

On my identity

All that makes me

Confronts me

Discards me

And sometimes

Regards me

 

You are not an expert on it

In fact far from it

Sorry, you can not think for me

No thank you I think, I have saved myself

For me, It is my mind that is worth saving

And I think I already did that.

 

No, I am not your posting

Neither your constant giving

Neither your well-meaning

In fact, I am neither or none

 

On my identity

The complex but non-conforming

The fluid and non-believing

The rapidly growing

Constantly changing

A million steps towards

Not one thing

But a million things

 

With an alienated past

And appropriated present

Further Humiliated by such narrow views

 

Newsflash,

This is my narrative

This is my story

This is my identity

 

I,

I,

I am

The expert on it

So you listen to me dammit!

 

This left, right, center and in-betweens

I do not play for any of these teams

If I were to ever choose a side

I will choose one called

JUST A FUCKING HUMAN

 

Poem by By Uncia aka Halima Salat for #CelebratingDissent Festival

@De Balie Amsterdam

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