Not "devoid of meaning,"
Rather, "too many meanings."
Racist the first:
Filled with disgust, distrust, certain of
Them as less-than, other, filthy.
Relishing the poison of the past,
Spewing unabashedly the putrid.
Racist the second:
Dancing with trepidation and guilt
Unexpressed, polite, concerned.
Eschew, renounce, withhold, deny, but
Avert the eyes, lock the doors.
Racist the third:
Embracing the term, knowing
The sunflower in cyanide soil strives clean green, but
carries the poison inside.
Acknowledgement, attentiveness, humility.
Racist is as racist does.
The fuming skinhead couldn't miss!
In the soil, the air, the water, the breast milk
The taint's in both of us... ALL of us.
That's me, Racist, rounding third.