small town suburbs
modest houses, new cars, granite countertops
friday nights sitting on leather couches discussing allusions in movies
pointing out themes and foreshadowing like it was a joke
we all took a film class in high school
we were experts in our field
we knew everything
probably a modern center in its glory
la tienda next to a cuban bar where no one goes
college kids don't like adventure
college kids are safe
college kids like mexican themed bars where everyone speaks english
college kids like taco bell when authentic is across the street
"do go there, its dirty"
spends weekends on trains and in unfamiliar apartments
twenty dollars for a concert ticket and thirty more at the bar
we like our warm beer a comfortable distance from the poor, the forelorn
two dollars for a forty and nothing for the homeless man on the corner, politely pushing the cross signal button, looking out for the safety of drunk women and drunker men
not even a smile, a hello, a thank you
a coffee costs less and offers more
but we walk by, out of fear or distaste or blame
another unfamiliar city
the same familiar problems
we think we get it
we know the problems, the solutions
"Just GET a job if you need one,"
"If she just quit taking drugs, she'd be fine"
"Well go to college then, get your GED and go"
"racism is over, discrimination doesn't exist"
it's their fault for falling through the cracks
because we're white and privilaged and successful
so we understand
we watch the news, read articles
so we know your struggles
we know everything