That isn’t “Innocent” is It?

Innocent until proven guilty,
with respect, is rather filthy.
It’s not that I disagree,
it’s merely that I have seen
it’s rather hapless,
when put in practice.
Innocence is assumed as your right
so long as you’re a man
and your skin is white,
but guilt is the suspicion
of anyone without a dick
or with a darker complexion.
That isn’t “innocent” is it?

© Rylan Skelly, October 2018

About the Author: I have a B.A. in Honours Religious Studies from the University of Waterloo and I love 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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