“If you’re upset: don’t do anything.
Just pretend everything is fine,
and everything will be, don’t worry.
Don’t upset the apple cart;
you’re just upsetting everyone.
Don’t challenge the status quo.
You want to be a healthy –
contributing member –
of society –
Even if that society dehumanises you?
Even if that society wants to kill you?
Even if that society only sees you
as disposable fuel to make rich men richer?
I mean if you work really hard,
you might not suffer as much tomorrow,
as you do today?
Yea, about that? No.
Charl Landsberg is a transgender South African poet, musician, writer, and artist who’s work often focusses on social justice issues.