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Eyes by Charl Landsberg

Charl Landsberg | Jun 16th, 2019 | poetry | No Comments

Poem

You can’t expect from me or tell me what to do,
and then affix your hatred to me like an ill-fitting shoe.

I don’t accept that my failure to put up with bigotry,
being marked as a failure, on my part, of empathy.

My refusing to let you, the predator, bite,
is not an indication of my moral failure or spite.

I did not die a thousand times to rise anew,
into the hateful hands of a violent few…

…who genuinely believe to their very core,
that they own me now or ever did before.

But you do not see me, you would not recognise,
because I died once and woke up with brand new eyes.

Be angry or content, I have no fear,
since my world is empty of you, you are not here.

Poet Bio

Charl Landsberg is a transgender South African poet who’s poetry often focusses on issues of social justice, trans issues, feminism, anti-racism, etc… They often write from personal experience with abuse and the struggle of getting up again.

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