Once I walked
among dusty cars,
along crowded streets,
hemmed in by buildings
and a depression of sky.
I had the freedom,
the privilege to choose
green. Fields, trees
and lush leaves
are all that crowd me
now, and the sky, although not green,
stretches its hugeness to infinity.
Kim M. Russell, 18th February 2019
Anmol is our host today and he has shared a thought-provoking quote from Michael S. Kimmel to introduce his theme, ‘the elephant in the room: Privilege’. He says that, if the prompt makes some of us a bit uncomfortable, that is the idea. He has also made reference to poems by June Jordan, Michele Bombardier and Akhil Katyal.
Anmol says that the prompt today is quite open-ended and that we can approach the idea of privilege in different ways: by taking inspiration from the poets and poems he has shared with us; by reflecting on our own privileges; by writing about a cause which has personal meaning or significance for us, or about the privilege of writing and expression.