I wonder if after all these bills and years of legislation,
Coupled with years of attempted integration,
If you now see me as a human
Rather than an irritating confusion
When I walk past you in the street
Do you see me as a person or are you just discreet
In the way your mind registers me,
As an uncanny monkey?
Maybe your mind is swayed
By the endless lines played
On the news or in every section of society
That seeks to undermine my status amongst humanity
You don’t know what to believe
But nor do I
Are these images real or are they a lie?
The world views them in disbelief
While I am battered with stares, not knowing any relief.
When I look at the world,
I am astonished to see
How people judge and ignore my plea
To be looked at without stereotypical negativity
I struggle on through the uncertainty
The way is hard but I seize every opportunity
I ask for no favours except
You remove all prejudice
Against my race, age, religion or bank balance.
In this ‘civilized’ world,
Is that too much to ask?