Venus Lanaux

Rookie (January 2,1977 / upstate NY)

The Label - Poem by Venus Lanaux

The Label
By Venus Lanaux

My appearance offends them.
My intellect- it will amuse,
Let me say something of pertinence,
They will be confused.
What is my race? What is this color?
If they can't identify me,
They can't calculate me into their numbers.
So they'll make me appear ineffective, mark me off as lost.
Shut me up with my crazy notions,
Block them from spreading no matter the cost-
Or they create a definition; I'm Hispanic, or maybe I'm black;
Just so long as they can associate my ideals with concepts of lack.
The will label me a nut, medicate and disorient me,
To ensure that no one will ever take me seriously...
And, in this, they take their power back.

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, April 27, 2010

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