How Much Empathy?

“Adjust for a few days”

“Why can’t you adjust for a few days?”

Your voice is important, but

How do we questions ways and people,

That rest on your acceptance of tradition?

Empathize, empathize, empathize, we’re told,

But when does empathy turn into submission

To hierarchy, the patriarchal ways of life,

Acceptance of everything I otherwise fight?

But I empathize,

Till I forget my voice,

And you, empathy

And it all becomes a shrill angry noise.

Researcher, writer — always wondering why and what if.