MANIFESTO #1

by Shawn Allen

If you do not like my songs
do not listen to my voice.
If you do not like my words
do not ask to hear my stories.
If you do not look like my visions
do not look through my eyes.
If you do not like my dreams
do not wake me from my sleep.
If you do not like my masks
do not look upon my face.
If you do not like my God
do not tell me how to pray.
If you do not like my world
by all means, turn away.
If you do not like these things,
the things of which I’m made –
If you do not like my pieces,
you don’t like what they make.

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