Not Your Token Young Person


Don’t hire me to your board,

then refuse to give me a vote.

Don’t interview me about my work,

then use me for one quote.


Don't ask me to “educate” people

that are already in the know.

Don’t capitalize on real struggles

by using the LGBT+ rainbow.


Don't tell me that I’ll do great things

as if I’m not already.

Don’t dismiss my plans, my passion

as if my presence is temporary.


I’m exhausted from watching

as society’s problems worsen.

I need your support,

but I won’t be your token young person.