In the poem, To Boldly Go..., by fellow poet Joel Carroll, we are exposed to a point of view that shares a common experience of an uneasy existence in a world where despite being simply human like everyone else, it's easy to feel like an outcast of society based on the assumptions, stereotypes, and misinformation of others. Joel does so by exploring popular and beloved sci-fi references like Star Trek and Star Wars as a well suited carrier for this particular message. While loved across many cultures, these worlds also explore and experiment with the ability of the many to live as one. In the time I've known Joel, he has shown a remarkable talent for using popular culture and current events to bring awareness to the realm of social justice. Thank you, brother, for allowing me to share your work!
Let's work together to close social gaps and dissolve indifference, allowing all walks of life to feel welcome, cared for, included, and represented!
To Boldly Go... -by Joel Carroll
I travel to Alien Locations everyday
To explain my world
A different culture
A different interpretation
And even a different language.
Aliens surround me everywhere I go
and, of course,
which looks like
the Star Wars Cantina.
I want to explain to the Aliens
My world includes
Police Officers who can't be trusted
Teachers who don't know my story
Politicians who give less than a damn.
I don't speak the language of
"Just work harder and Everything will be Just Fine"
in this Alien World
Has another name...
The Aliens don't know that I live
A World of
Lack of empathy
I can't make the Aliens understand
What it's like to be on this planet
And the Paranoia
Yet I must boldly go
to Alien Locations
With the hope
Someone will understand.
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