.000? percent

Standard

You proclaim you know
them and their kind and

what’s inside
because they’re silent

Graceful
Patient

Speaking in actions
not in words

or violence
Not with forcefulness

or long “ummm” speeches
They are the meek

Stable
Resilient

They’re not afraid
to turn off

To take another road
buy another brew

shop another store
They don’t jerk around

not at the knee
or on the stage

They are backbones
and strong hands

They understand that crises
are temporary tattoos

sold by circus vendors
to distract you

from the pick pockets
and the slighted hands

and while you wonder
at the speed of street magicians

shuffling paper cups
they go to work

sweeping the confetti
of this week’s news reel

from underneath the iron heels

©KMcGee 2017

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