Danger, Fear, and Urgency
I don’t want my daughter to experience the horror
of a strange man grabbing her or
one of her friends as they walk down the street.
I don’t want strangers to question why she’s in school,
she’s too ugly and stupid to be anything but a prostitute
“reminding” her she doesn’t need to be able to read to lie on her back.
I don’t want strangers to express surprise at her collegiate-level reading ability,
Though she’s been reading on that level since the 5th grade
and is, in fact, in college.
I don’t want people to gush over how articulate she is
after she’s spoken a carefully selected 4-syllable word.
It seems we are always articulate,
implying our words are of no more than a perfunctory nature,
because it takes education to convey meaning
(surely, we are uneducated),
and always less-than.