old men with white beards

stand on podiums, pontificating,

pay attention, we can benefit from

their wealth of life-experience

and accumulated learning,

old white men with beards

lecture interminably, listen,

we are fortunate they deign

to gift us with their wisdom,

tell us how to think and behave,

old white men with white beards and

portly waistlines, poets, professors

curators and clerics, novelists,

critics, politicians and historians

pause for power-point punchline

punctuation and dramatic effect

as we hang on their every word,

these venerable old custodians of

whiskery white male cultural values

fixed ideas, intractable philosophies

and academic elitism

everything we reject

and don’t need to learn,

listen, I’ll tell you

how to dance in sunshine

Andrew Darlington


By Andrew Darlington

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2 Responses to HERITAGE

    1. Yes!

      Comment by Mike McNamara on 1 September, 2019 at 11:07 am
    2. Thanks Mike, your appreciation is appreciated…

      Comment by Andrew Darlington on 11 September, 2019 at 7:15 pm

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