Measuring Up

I am
Silent rage
Misdirected
Undirected
There was
Unfairness and
I am malcontent

I try to explain it
and begin to believe
a narrative
that is destructive to me

I feel exhausted
but not defeated
every day
that I must
take care with what I say
and how I say it
so that I will be
an equal in their eyes

Why must I be better than a man
To be taken seriously?

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