Andy Wade –
“Be twice as good”
I never heard these words
It was enough to try my best
And when I didn’t
When I lived into
My adolescent boyhood
For my life
“Be twice as good”
“Keep your hands out of your pockets”
“Don’t make sudden moves”
“Don’t assert yourself”
These words were never spoken
And so, in public, never considered
No modifying my behavior
No stifling my rights
When I spoke my mind I was
Never was I
“Out of line”
I could wear the clothes I wanted
without a care in the world
My hoodie was just a hoodie
In seventh grade when I shoplifted
when I changed price tags
never did I worry
those adolescent acts might get me killed
When I was caught, no police were called
All these “small things”, “little things”
I took for granted
Influenced how I see the world
How the world sees me
And it matters
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