You ought not
You don’t have to be a man, to protect a man
you ought not to be a Black, to defend a Black.
You don’t have to be poor to stand up for a poor,
you don’t need to be a child, to protect a child.
You don’t have to be guilty to comprehend a fault.
You ought not be tired to recognize exhastion,
you don’t need to be happy to uphold happyness.
You don’t have to be winning to rejoice for a medal
you don’t have to be naked to know the cold
nor to understand what it is
You ought not to agree to welcome a conflict.
I don’t have to be you to understand you,
I don’t want to miss you if I want to see you.
You don’t have to be here to know my difficulty.
You don’t need to be seen,
‘just need to be alive,
you need to be awake.
[Laura Leone, dicembre 2021]