Stand Up

They keep telling me to stand up
for what I believe in
for justice
for fairness
for myself
for others
STAND UP
the noise shouts
TV shows
movies
the news
be a hero
STAND UP
it is the only way
to be understood
to be heard
so why is it
when I stand
that they shout
SIT DOWN
that they can veto me
before hearing what I have
to say
I stand taller
hold my ground
as they taught me
SIT DOWN
they demand
I try to reason
beg to be understood
force me to sit
because the power
isn’t in my hands
they hold it
they control it
they control me

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