Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Sometimes a Song Says it All

Written for episode 599, “Seriously?,” of the public radio program This American Life. The show asked Sara Bareilles to write a song from the point of view of President Obama considering the 2016 presidential election and the candidacy of Donald Trump. Leslie Odom Jr. performed the song for the show. (

The 3rd verse says it all:

One man
Rewriting the book on bad behavior
Maybe cheats the neighbors
Feels he gets what they pay for
We can't
Pat him on the back and send him on through
No man's ignorance will ever be his virtue
Is this the best we can be?

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Three Strikes

My game just started
But I stepped up to the plate with two strikes
I’m Black
And a woman
Years later I would admit my truth
I’m gay
Strike three

How do you win
When the odds are stacked against you

Instead of being pitched opportunities
I’m often beaned with insults
Or worse
Told to stay in the dugout

All I want is to play in a fair game
For spectators to look past my uniform
And see me
Cheer me on as I run the bases
Don’t block the plate
Allow me to score

Strike one
Strike two

Time out

I think it's time to change the game

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

In The Way

I need to write
I want to write
But, as usual
I'm in the way

Striving for perfection
    before pen hits paper
Frozen with a fear
    of inadequacy

I'm my own worst enemy

I need to write
I want to write
But, as usual
I'm in the way

How do I fight an
    enemy that is me
How do I save myself
    from myself