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Friday, December 14, 2018

My lifelong poem, a work in progress

This poem has been a work in progress for nearly 30 years.

It's based on my life experiences:


It doesn't take a genius or that Ph.D. of his, 
to know "it's nothing against you, but", always means it is.

it doesn't take a genius and it doesn't take much smarts, 
to know that "I'm not prejudiced, but", always means you are.

It doesn't take a genius and it doesn't take much thought, 
to know that "I am sorry, but" always means you're not.

it doesn't take a genius and it doesn't take much blue,
to know "I don't condone that, but" means you certainly do.

it doesn't take a genius and it doesn't take a quote,
to know, "I pray for you, but" always means you don't.

it doesn't take a genius nor does it take much ado, 
to know that "I don't want drama" usually means you do.

It doesn't take a genius, and it doesn't take another, 
to know,  when you say "both sides" you've already taken the other.

it doesn't take a genius and it doesn't take much jam, 
to know, "NO ONE IS SAYING THAT!" usually means "I am."

it doesn't take a genius and it doesn't take much fizz,
to know, when "NO ONE'S DOING THAT!", that person probably is.

it doesn't take a genius and it doesn't take a squid, 
to know that "i'm not taking sides" means you already did.

it doesn't take a genius and it doesn't take a fight,
to know, when they get really defensive, you were certainly right.

It doesn't take a genius and it doesn't take a fee,
to know "all lives matter" means "I want this all about me."

It doesn't take a genius and it doesn't take a burn,
to know, when you demand more proof, you really don't want to learn.

it doesn't take a genius and it doesn't take much luck,
to know, when you say "don't judge", you're judgmental as fuck.

it doesn't take a genius and it doesn't take much shelves,

to know, "don't lump me in!" means they're telling on themselves.

It doesn't take a genius and it doesn't take technology,
to know, "i'm sorry you were hurt, but" is not an apology.

it doesn't take a genius and it doesn't take a spigot,
to know, that only bigots, think bigots aren't bigots.

It doesn't take a genius and it doesn't take a nerf,
to know, when you defend and condone a terf, you're a terf.

It doesn't take a genius and it doesn't take a spur,
to know, "Now I'm not an ally!" means you never were.

it doesn't take a genius and it doesn't take much filthy,
to know, "how dare you accuse me" usually means you're guilty.

it doesn't take a genius and it doesn't take much biting, 
to know "that's just your perception!" usually is gaslighting.

it doesn't take a genius and it doesn't take much end 
to know that "you just want attention!" means they're not a friend.

It doesn't take a genius and it doesn't take a loo,
to know, when "you're just too negative!", they're being negative too.

it doesn't take a genius and it doesn't take a dancer,
to know, when they respond with silence, they've given you an answer.

it doesn't take a genius and it doesn't take a guess, 
to know that "I'm not getting involved" means the answer is yes.

it doesn't take a genius and it doesn't take much flair,
to know that "you feel victimized!" means they really don't care.

It doesn’t take a genius and it doesn’t take much threshold, 
to know that “you just want sympathy!” means that they’re an asshole.

it doesn't take a genius and it doesn't take much fly, 
to know, "I don't hate anyone", is usually a lie.

it doesn't take a genius and it doesn't take much fire,
to know, demanding unearned trust, means that you're a liar.

it doesn't take a genius and it doesn't take much wit,
to know that "I don't need therapy", means they're full of shit.

it doesn't take a genius and it doesn't take a gem
to know, when you say "but not all", you are one of them.

It doesn’t take a genius and it doesn’t take much sway, 
To know, “I disagree with this poem!” means these are things you say.




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