Whispers

Hey pssst! (I whisper in his ear)… it’s ok to speak up.
It’s ok to say something unpopular (I continue whispering) … …go ahead, try it (he continues to ignore me).
Don’t ignore me! (I get in front of him) Ignore the voices planted in your mind telling you to shut up. Ignore the voices planted in your mind telling you to lay low. Ignore the voices planted in your mind telling you to abase yourself. Ignore the voices planted in your mind telling you to subject yourself, and to retreat, to be blind, to give in and give way. Ignore the voice telling you to prostrate before demons exchanging hate and fear for the currency of your soul! Can’t you see?!
RISE on all ten toes.
TAKE with all ten fingers
SPEAK with your manifold tongue betwixt between thought and matter!
BE!
BREATH!
and BATTLE!!
AWAKEN!!!
(I shake him by the shoulders but he turns and walks away in silence)

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