Dear Lucky Man

Hey there! You! Lucky Man!
Do you recognise your fluke, do you understand?
Born into a loving family
Who could nurture your ability
They’re there if times are hard
Or brandishing a credit card
Grown up in a nice place
Where there’s no deadly conclusion,
to loss of face
Your pride came from grades achieved
Not your reputation on urban streets
A test might come at University
Not the trial of breaking out of poverty
Crime or education?
Not a choice you had to make
Put yourself in their shoes
Before you choose to forsake
What do you give back to a society,
that treated you so well?
Spare change, direct debit?
Or is it time and a lifestyle
That your conscience compels?

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One Response to Dear Lucky Man

  1. Emma says:

    Love it mate! One of my favourite statementsI heard in a workshop once, which I think was about equality, was….
    RECOGNISE YOUR PRIVILEGE! I constantly try to check myself on this and suggest it to other people. It helps move away from that frustrating “just pull yourself up by your bootstraps” stuff… how many times I’ve heard people say that, like it’s easy, and don’t recognise exactly what you mention above. People need to recognise that things they take for granted – parents that show they care, that aren’y so stressed with thier own lives they can concentrate on responding to their childs needs, enough money not to have to worry about it constantly, even space to do your homework… are not something that everyone has.

    Thanks for reminding me of this, and hopefully making others question their own thoughts.

    Keep fighting the good fight!

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