On fighting to be heard

Some people make the room
Feel smaller.
Like there isn’t enough oxygen
For their existence and yours,
Insufficient bandwidth
To carry all our intellect,
Inadequate funds
For us to spend our time together
Simply being
And not competing.
There’s nothing quite like the feeling
That you are fighting to be heard,
Exerting yourself
In defence of your right to be here,
Using precious energy
That could be better used
In service to others.

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