Dear Amy Cooper.
I will not tolerate a finger wag of privilege or entitlement
No facebook message
No unliked post will go unscrutinized.
For power wielding
or galavanting your unearned lordship over me
Will not be overlooked.
And not any day beyond it.
You will not use fear tactics to con me into giving you what you want
When you want it
Or let you think that I am anything other than human
Full of hope and promises
And also failure.
I will not let you reduce me to my productivity
Or a (my/our) learned habit
of gripping onto statements
made at a time very different from today
and resurrecting them as some concrete statute of truth.
I am not bound
to any part of my being
That I was yesterday
Because that being is not the one who stands before you today.
This being is traumatized and still thriving
She is shining light in the dawn of some of the darkest corners of the history of the earth
She is carrying battered beings