The Masters

June 5, 2017 – By Crystal Faldalen


You tell my story without turning my page

My race, my body, my income, my age

become your headline, hashtag no apology

Posting principles and tweeting theology

Smug in refusal, you judge and you label

You’ll never sit down at this dinner table

It’s a million miles from what you know,

from who you are and where you’ll go

where people are numbers, and clips, and sound

where privilege alone earns you power and


I watched you as you white-and-blacked it

I saw them laughing as they backed it

I stand in awe as you enact it,

then wonder why we all attacked it


Crystal Faldalen is a writer currently living, loving and learning in San Antonio, TX.

Categories: Identity, Poetry

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