ingrained

there
was an air
of
situational racism
nondenominational
fascism
free range
sexism
topped off with
cheerful alcoholism

it was just where
we

grew up.

right from wrong
was smudged
into
a gray area.

some
most
escaped with
scars
a fluency in
innuendo
with a smidgeon of
hateful terms
in a hidden
locked away part of
their mental
vernacular.

i would give a
quarter
to be a fly
on the dash
as they are
stuck
in rush hour traffic
with a three car
fender bender
on the opposite side
of the highway
slowing them
down
even more.

see just how

ingrained

their childhoods
really are.

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