ASSUMPTIONS

Shea Johnson

 

You look at me and assume

She must be one of them.

Police officer

Militant,

Stanch,

Looking to punish,

Not reason.

He is wearing baggy jeans

And you assume…

Gang banger,

Drugy,

Looking for trouble.

She has five kids

Single mother.

And you assume…

Slut,

Birthcontrol,

Welfare free loader.

He is homeless

And you assume…

Lazy,

Drunk,

Mental freak.

She doesn’t understand

And you assume…

Stupid,

Space case,

Doesn’t listen.

You assumed…

And she was deaf.