… Because I can.
– O.D. ©2019
Art by: JoeyJazz
At times, I get asked why I write some of the things I write. Sometimes its genuine curiosity and sometimes (but very rarely) its a covert attempt at digging through my values. To whoever wonders why I do what I do, the answer is this micro-poem.
I will write about whatever I want with no intention of leaving anyone hurt. But the truth is, whenever you explore ideas you run the risk of offending someone; and that’s an outcome I’m prepared to be accountable for. I don’t write for anyone to kiss my a** but to find like minds who I can share and explore ideas with. And I won’t be neutered by a conformist who seeks to please every Jack and Jill on the planet.
So yes, I will write about Black empowerment, I will write about love, I will write about gun violence, I will write about alcohol/drugs, I will write about hope, I will write about sex or a combination of all the above. The thing you don’t want me to talk about because you feel I will lose readers is the exact thing I’m drawn to write about.
I value my readers, but letting them dictate all the issues I address is as good as being a robot. And for the readers that have been with me from the beginning, they know I’ve always been this way. Being true to who I am is the best thing I feel I can offer to anyone who has taken the time to read what I write.