I Am Not Outraged—

I’m not outraged–

I’m mad !

There’s a

Huge difference.

I’m not asking

For anything

Other than the acknowledgment

Of reality.

The acknowledgement

Of the truths

Happening around me.

I don’t want your

Sympathy, your pity,

Or even your empathy.

I just need to speak

So that it’s real

And not something

I have to die with.

Not a secret

I have to have

Rotting inside me.

I don’t want

Any part of me

Living in secret, I have been

Living in a dim closet

For most of my life

And now I am

Living my truth, and

Speaking my peace

If it sounds like

Outrage, to you–

You must not be listening

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