replace schoolteachers with librarians

by ibull

i
want to
live in a
world tomorrow
that
is not like the
one
i
believe
exists today
wherein
sanity and
happiness are
contingent on
consistency and
Truth.

let the
money
burn wildly,
let the
clocks
stop turning;
fire all the
police officers and
replace
schoolteachers with
librarians.

if you
are born
you should
be afforded the
necessities of
life—
love,
sustenance,
protection,
faith,
forgiveness,
histories,
languages,
spaces,
bodies.

situate
my opportunity in
relation to
doing and not
being
because
spawning and
birth
are not
equivalent and the
burden of
my birthplace,
birthbody,
birthlanguage
need not the
complexification of basic
survival needs.

to be in
relation to
relations
is to
cope with the many
things
i
am becoming—to
accept that
i cannot
be only
one person,
guided by
one pursuit, or
motivated by
one source of
validation.

hope
does not
beg for
certainty;
rigidity
does not
beget
ritual; and
sustainability
is not
consistency.

multiplicity
does not
conform to a
line, and so
we need a different
ideal by which to
relate
relations;
if not “progress,” then
what?

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