INTERSECTIONAL FEMINISIM / ISSUE 4: SUMMER 2016 / POETRY

“Woke” by Devon Balwit

Claire wanted to be black, but wasn’t
grew dreads, dated black guys, went to Howard
she stayed white

Annie wanted to be Native-American, but wasn’t
did vision quests, sweat lodges, took a lover with an Animal name
she stayed white

Jeannie wanted to be gay, but wasn’t
shaved her hair, slept with women, wore leather
she stayed straight

Jen wanted to free Palestine
studied Arabic, boycotted Israel
she stayed on the margins

Their pain, untitled, common, everyday, seemed insufficient
for an organization, a website, a chapbook, a megaphone
hard to spin whitebread into gold—
the closest they could get was being woke

 


Devon Balwit. I am an essayist, poet and teacher writing in Portland, Oregon.  I wear many hats.

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