don’t have to

you don’t have to
travel far
to see the fruits
of injustice
you don’t have to
travel at all
you just have to
open your eyes

an upper class
requires a middle
class that doesn’t
know its oppressed
such a cozy class
but never satisfied;
sedated, opiated,
but never at rest

a middle class
requires a lower
class that nobody
gives a fuck about
a class so defeated
all it can do
is tread water
in our shit

you don’t have to
travel far
to see lives
that have been stolen
you don’t have to
travel at all
you just have to find
the real between the lies

a society built by
old immigrants
has no right
to shut the door
on new ones
a society built from
indigenous corpses
is our society

a society that
enslaves people,
rounds them up, and
puts them in camps
is our society
you don’t have to
travel far
to see people benefiting
by selling other people’s skin

you don’t have to
travel at all

© Rylan Skelly, August 2017


About the Author: I have a B.A. in Honours Religious Studies from the University of Waterloo; I have a love for all major world religions – Eastern, Western, or in between; I’m genderqueer, and I’m comfortable with male, neutral, and female pronouns; I’m married to my dear wife Lynn, who is the love of my life, my best friend, and my muse; I think far too much, and often have too many ideas to know what to do with; and I am a doing being, just like you!

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I have a B.A. in Honours Religious Studies from the University of Waterloo; I have a love for all major world religions - Eastern, Western, or in between; I'm genderqueer, and I'm comfortable with male, neutral, and female pronouns; I'm married to my dear wife Lynn, who is the love of my life, my best friend, and my muse; and I am a doing being, just like you!

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