There are two homeless menSleeping in the doorwayFor the nightTugging at their jacketsBraving the coldLying all too comfortablyOn the cold hard floor.Just upstairsThere’s two powerful professionalsGrinding through the nightTheir faces glowing in the lightOf their MacBooksAs they plan their ascentTo even greater heights.What boggles me mostAbout inequalityIs how such astronomically distant fortunesCan co-existJust a few […]Read more "Just downstairs"
She never thought she would climb.She’d always watched her brothers climb-Climb treesClimb wallsClimb up to the roof of their dilapidatedChildhood homeAnd later she watched themClimb up ladders of successReaching ever higherAs though the gravity of their upbringingHad insulted themAnd they were hellbentOn teaching it a lesson.They climbed so highShe could barely recognise themFor while they […]Read more "On becoming middle class"
Is tricky business.Because it takes a whileTo recognize the thingsThat you always considered ‘normal’To really just be white.Unlearning a strange form of self-policingThat finds many of the non-whiteThings about yourselfSomehow problematic.And doing all thisWithout hating yourselfOr your white neighbour,Because loving bothIsn’t always easy.Unbuckling whitenessIs not about resentmentOr censureBut about coming to rest comfortablyIn a non-white […]Read more "Unbuckling whiteness"
We broke a window yesterday at my cousin’s. Well, actually, the wind broke it. But it’s because we left it open during the storm. Partly our fault but Mostly nature’s doing. Anyways, we fixed it today. Partly because we could afford to Mostly because it’s the kind of thing that happens here. Problems get solved. […]Read more "Problematic"
Many of us are learning what it means to be the black middle class. We are rising from poverty and despondency And assuming responsibility for our generation. But for many of us, it is unclear whether our newfound status Is a tool or a trophy. A trophy in the sense of having finally ‘made it’ […]Read more "Learning to live:middle class manifesto"