I'm No "-ist"

I don’t like the idea of an -ist.

It’s a pretty heavy label --

It makes you a member

It makes you remember

what you’re fighting

what you’re fighting for.

I have ideas and I have connexions

I don’t need to have a tag

like an animal.

I don’t think there’s a man in the sky

but I’m not an atheist.

I think there should be equal EQUAL rights

but I’m not a chauvinist or a feminist or a sexist

I’m not racist --

if you say a word, it’ll be a word against the world

I want to erase my steps and keep it clean

but I’m no activist.

I’m here

I’m now

Take it or leave it? Please,

Break it down once.

The world needs to keep it cool

but if you’re fighting to cool it down

What’s a pacifist?

They come and go,

the communists, the fascists, the nationalists, the capitalists?

There’s a label for everything --

every thought

every word

every colour of the collar rainbow.

There’s a tag for everyone and everything

making ears like a keychain

Our words define us.

So, what’s it mean to exist?

This poem is about: 
My community
My country
Our world
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