"The Bridge Poem" by Donna Kate Rushin from The Black Back-Ups: Poetry by Kate Rushin (Ann Arbor, MI: Firebrand Books, 1993). Permission pending.
I've had enough.
I'm sick of seeing and touching
both side of things.
Sick of being the damn bridge for everybody.
Nobody can talk to anybody without me. Right?
I explain my mother to my father my father to my little sister my littler sister to my brother my brother to the White Feminists the White Feminists to the Black Church Folks the Black Church folks to the ex-Hippies the ex-Hippies to the Black Separatists the Black Separatists to the Artists the Artists to the parents of