The Wilderness

I live in a wilderness,

I live in a college town,

I live near the university.

We are not able to confront racism here;

We talk everything to death;

Saying the right things;

Speaking politically correct phrases;

We don’t live or feel;

We act like we are on committee.

I came here from the city;

I came from a rich smorgasbord of cultural, political, and constantly changing diversity,

Where doing nothing by talking is not an option.

Life is in your face there,

Many identify with Out of Compton,

Many understand through direct experience 

That which we can’t,

Here in the wilderness.

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