Appeasement

A year ago:

Sorry you feel uncomfortable

Sorry I shattered your idyllic visions

and

Sorry I tarnished your childhood home

and located it somewhere other than heavenly

Sorry I transformed it

and muddied your precious memories

Sorry I brought it up

 

Today:

No, I won’t apologise for your discomfort

and no I won’t apologise for the transformation

because it wasn’t

I didn’t transform anything

I revealed it

 

I showed you, the dark shadow of your city

I showed you the truth breathed between those streets

the tracks people cement under their feet

 

I showed you the version of society I experience

The version I’m allowed to experience

and this was so far removed from your own

that you couldn’t accept it

 

And if you wouldn’t accept the vision,

why should I accept the reality?

 

Why should I have to?

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