To the curly haired, now-slumped over,
gloomily-looking-into-the-distance, 24 year old
sitting on the train, who gave a dollar and an apple away:
And it is not your fault.
It is no one person’s fault.
If it is, it is that of a few hundred white men,
a few hundred years ago (rounding?)
who claimed their stake at power
and left a wave of predecessors in their wake –
convincing others to do the same
(blackmail, quid pro pro, survival).
And here we all are:
soaked in it.
No one is innocent.
We cannot just will it away, drop by drop.
It’s a whole other ocean we’re swimming in.
September 23, 2019