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Matthew Christopher Davidson: Person
Illustration: Linnea Elynn McNally



if I can call you girl —
can I call you girl? 

Perhaps I should not
establish a hierarchy between us
based on colonial notions of gender distinction.

I shall call you "person."

Damn, person, you are fine.
I have seen a multitude of persons in my time,
but you are truly the finest.
You are smooth like gravy.

I want you to know 
that I have seen how the Man has kept you down
and I think it is so crap.

I also want you to know
that though I may seem preoccupied
with your dark eyes,
your supple skin,
and your incredible physique,
I am not objectifying you in any way.
That would merely reify the misogyny
that is already so dominant in this patriarchal culture,
and I do not play that.

Person, I dig you like chocolate; 
I am drawn to you like whiskey;
the smell of you makes me crazy. 
Could this be love?

for love is a term defined by the ruling class;
it is an imperial construct used to reinforce a social politic
based on contractual obligations.

“Respect” could be “respect.”

Person, let us slide on down to my pad.
I wish to commence an egalitarian relationship with you.
We shall sip fresh orange juice
supplemented with fresh wheatgrass and ginko biloba.
We shall make meaningful eye contact, 
discuss matters of social concern,
celebrate our mutual diversity,
engage in common struggle,
and critique the dominant discourse!

Then, I shall tickle you
and we will have a pillow fight in our pajamas.
Mmm. Yes.

Your anger hypnotizes me.
You are sweet like a sugar-coated razor blade.
You make my blood run warm.

If music were the food of Respect, play on.
What is this thing called Respect?
Wild thing, I think I respect you.
Come back to my house so I can make sweet respect to you!


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