Tell me.

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Why is it OK?

To whistle, taunt,

To scare a woman

Into thinking rape?

--

Tell me.

--

Why is it OK?

For whites to say,

To slur a word

That’s slavery engraved?

--

Tell me.

--

Why is it OK?

To call someone gay,

As humor, as insult,

Shaming their way?

--

Tell me.

--

Why is it OK?

To claim retard,

A disorder, a disable,

A real life pain?

--

Tell me.

--

Why is it OK?

To declare PTSD,

As someone lives

In the worst of that sea?

--

Tell me.

--

Why is it OK?

To joke of how you died?

Why is it so normal?

Tell me — why?

Jane Callahan is a member of the League of Minnesota poets and lives in Rochester Township. "Half a Rainbow" was first published in "The Moccasin," the League of Minnesota Poets annual magazine. The PB publishes poetry by local and area writers every Monday. Send poems to Jeff Pieters at P.O. Box 6118, Rochester, MN 55903 or life@postbulletin.com.

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