You May Be Privileged

In ways you do not know

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You may be privileged

If animals and plants

Give you their bodies

Each day, to feed your body.


If no one’s waiting outside your door to eat you

If you even have a door.

If no one’s slithering into your burrow

To snatch your children

You are one lucky bastard.


You may be privileged

If your cells have enough clean water

To swim in, be nourished by, excrete

Into and not be poisoned.


If your first thought before moving

Is not, ‘How much will this hurt?’ or

‘Will I fall?’ or ‘Can I afford this?’ or

‘Is this safe?’ count yourself blessed.

Not everyone has that freedom.


If you are not imprisoned

In a shell of concrete and steel

If you still have connection to your siblings

Of all shapes and species, be grateful.


If your mind can contemplate

The wisdom of philosophy

The beauty of art

The wonders of science,

The face of God in Nature,

You have been given a rare opportunity.

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Value everything that comes.

Be aware. Learn, give back

Speak up. Help out.

Fight for those

Who pay for your privilege.

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One Response to You May Be Privileged

  1. Laurie says:

    Thanks for this!

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