You Wake up to Live Your Parents’ Dream

I wake up craving
a masala omelette.
Egg, spice, death wheel.
We both know the ills
of meat, dairy, and eggs.
A woman on Twitter says
her job is to dye milk white
to hide pus and blood.

If food were free,
if we didn’t have to pay
for gas or electricity,
if we were in Cuba
and you could earn
more as a taxi driver
than as a doctor, which
would you choose?

© Dean Atta

With kind permission of the poet

Dean Atta’s debut poetry collection was shortlisted for the Polari Book Prize. His poems deal with themes of race, gender, identity and growing up and have been read on BBC One’s The One Show, on BBC Radio 4, the World Service and Channel 4. Dean was named as one of the most influential LGBT people in the UK by the Independent on Sunday. He regularly performs across the UK and internationally. His latest book, The Black Flamingo, is a verse novel for young people.