I want to ask you about your experiences.
I see your woven hair and dark, ageless skin.
I wonder if your confident smile was ever-present
And what you’ve overcome to keep it.
I want to understand how the world looks to you.
I hear the angry rap playing in your expensive headphones.
I wonder if your baggy pants and hoodie
Are your modern day armor.
I am curious about your head cover.
It brushed my arm when we entered the subway.
I wonder if it’s hot and confining
Or if you’re happy to not worry about your hair.
But I don’t ask
In fear I will be the subject
Of the next
“What to Never Say…” video.
So we remain separate
Of each other
Nance L. Schick, Esq. is a New York City attorney and mediator who focuses on keeping people out of court and building their conflict resolution skills, especially in business and employment disputes. Her holistic, integrative approach to conflict resolution draws from her experience as a crime victim, human resources supervisor, minor league sports agent, litigant, and trial attorney. She is a 2001 graduate of the State University of New York Buffalo Law School trained in Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). She is also creator of the Third Ear Conflict Resolution process, author of DIY Conflict Resolution: Seven Choices and Five Actions of a Master, and an award-winning entrepreneur, who has been acknowledged by Enterprising Women Magazine (Honorable Mention, 2014 Woman of the Year awards), and Urban Rebound NY/Count Me In (Finalist, 2013 Pitch Competition).