Character

You're a pirate
and you'd better not forget
that when you step over the threshold of your ship
people will look oddly at you.
When you keep on walking down the street
Kids will run from you and scream.
When you cross the street and step into a store
employees will revile you and kick you out.

If you've got no character
you'll turn back,
and if not
you'll keep on going
     as you're going now


(Adapted from Taslima Nasrin’s poem "Character")

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