I almost wish I had an accent.
I almost wish I had something linking me to my maybe roots
Almost wish I had something other
Than this sometimes southern-twinged “white people speak”
To let people know that I, too, come from somewhere
that I, too, have a background
Because this sometimes speech almost
saves me from the definite rebuke
people of my complexion
have grown accustomed to
Because accents are somehow the defining measure of
So even though I desperately want to be linked to somewhere
I also enjoy the tiny bit of white privilege that rubbed off on me
I almost wish I had an accent
But sometimes yea I guess I’m a little glad
it’s just a wish.