My People

to be sensitive is to live from ones senses,

so when they tell you you’re too sensitive,

what they’re really telling you is that

you’re too alive, that your heartbeat is too

strong for them to feel strong next to,

and they need to feel strong, they need

to feel Something! because they Aren’t

sensitive, because if they were they’d be

fine with the life beating inside of you,

better than fine, they’d enjoy a dance

with it, maybe a tango, maybe a two step,

either way they would be moved because the life

inside of them would at least bow to greet you.

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Jihan McDonald is a facilitator, counselor, writer and educator from Oakland, CA. Currently completing a Masters in Social Transformation, Jihan derives deep pleasure from the meaning of words, the reading of books, the dancing of feelings, and the naming of squirrels. Jihan greatly dislikes inequity & close-toed shoes.

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