“I am the wrong/sex the wrong age the wrong skin”

“the point being that I can’t do what I want
to do with my own body because I am the wrong
sex the wrong age the wrong skin and
suppose it was not here in the city but down on the beach/
or far into the woods and I wanted to go
there by myself thinking about God/or thinking
about children or thinking about the world/all of it
disclosed by the stars and the silence:
I could not go and I could not think and I could not
stay there
alone
as I need to be
alone because I can’t do what I want to do with my own
body and
who in the hell set things up
like this”
— from “Poem about My Rights” by June Jordan (1936-2002); originally published in Passion (1980)
The whole blazing, amazing poem can be found on the (fabulous) Poetry Foundation website: http://www.poetryfoundation.org/poem/178526
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