(Listen to Gil Scott-Heron.  Day 339…)

Every morning, you wake up and put on a new disguise.  How long did you think it would take me to realize?

What good is good when it stays silent
While bad does bad?
Good is more than a label ironed across bird chests of hearts who’ll take flight before they fight

They play dead
Stay silent and heartless while the heartless do their best to make us silent
Compassion is not an emotion of action
And if you aren’t verbal
When part of your speech could make our verbs resonate louder
There is nothing pro about what you do now.

I’m sick of those armchair psychiatrists
Doctors who do little while oppressors talk to us like animals
Speak up
Or not
Either way
Your disguise is transparent.