The Louisiana Social Pledge

We pledge our allegiance to Louisiana. We will embrace what makes us and our state unique. Louisiana will be recognized as a leader and innovator of the New South. Many great leaders of the future will come from this state. And we will show both the media and politicians that we are smarter than them. We will no longer have our resources exhausted and our people used and left behind. We will work hard and play hard. We will protect each other. We will support each other. We pledge that we will do whatever we can to get these things in motion right now. We will no longer wait for a path to be cleared for us. We will clear the path ourselves. And we ain’t giving up easily. We will socialize in the real world just as well as we do on the internet…in hopes to organize ourselves effectively.

Thursday, May 5, 2016

My Pretty Insecurities (Louis Toliver Jr - Swartz, LA)

Is my skin too dark for this job?

Do I have the right smile for this gig?

Am I the right height for this show?

Is my hair too coarse for that hat?

My body, my eyes
Imperfection I despise
These questions, these lies
I’m all caught in compromise

Should I change up this stanza?

Don’t bring attention to the art, fool

Wait, am I a boy caught in beauty?

No, you’re a girl caught in brawn

The voices from my pen speak
Many of them care what you think
They are both friends and foes
I wish I had the power to choose sides

And now he sees my pretty insecurities

Should I ask him what’s my worth?

My insides brought outside for auction

I want to hold my breath, but can I?

My cab to tomorrow has arrived
I’m not sure I can pay the fare
On life, I don’t think I’ve thrived
But do you really even care?

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