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Why must you despise me –
Is it because my skin has been kissed by the sun’s rays?
Are my roots too deep for you,
Or is it my will to find a brighter day?

Why must you look at me with different eyes,
Is it because I stand tall?
My river flows jubilantly with life,
I am Africa, after all.

Why must you hate me,
Is it because my hips are wide like mountains?
My bone structure is thick,
And my love flows like fountains?

Why must you call me names,
And try to deteriorate my race?
Do you really think that it’s that easy
To put me in my place?

When will you realize
That I am proud to be black?
You have never held me down,
And you will never hold me back.

This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. This piece has been published in Teen Ink’s monthly print magazine.




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CountryGothic said...
Mar. 29, 2010 at 11:30 am
I love the poem and therefore have given it 5, but I have a question-What is the story behind the picture you have with it?  I'm just curious.
 
Valerie replied...
Jun. 30, 2011 at 8:41 am
Actually, I think most of the time this site sticks random art and pics on stuff. BTW, great poem! I love the last line!
 
tisha said...
Oct. 14, 2009 at 10:14 pm
this poem speaks to me but the last stanza shouts!
brilliant.
 
This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Oct. 14, 2009 at 4:46 pm
Amazing! It is a great look at racism. I like the line "I am Africa, after all." It's a beautiful poem.
 
cross-i'd-leopard said...
May 3, 2009 at 3:40 pm
that was awesome and powerful. very good message. Loved it!
 
<3::wish4wings::<3 This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Mar. 19, 2009 at 12:56 pm
i love this!! its so amazing
..it came from the heart..and im with you:)
 
The Violist said...
Feb. 13, 2009 at 8:11 pm
This is amazing, you have a right to be upset and stand up for yourself!
 
moniquecheer said...
Dec. 16, 2008 at 10:09 pm
i loved how you compared your hips with mountains. this poem is amazing and true. <33
 
savetheearth1031 said...
Sept. 19, 2008 at 4:13 am
absolutely beautiful. breathtaking. keep up the incredible work!
 
Bee71302 said...
Aug. 31, 2008 at 3:17 am
OMG!!!!!!!!! THIS IS A REALLY GREAT POEM! I LOVE IT!!!! Keep up the good work!!!!!!
 
CaptainO said...
Aug. 30, 2008 at 10:38 pm
This is a great portrayal of prejudices and racism in the world. The emotion is clear and your word choice and phrases are well thought out, but the third stanza's rhyming didn't "click" like the rest of the stanzas' did. I suppose there isn't a whole lot to rhyme with "mountains", or maybe it's just the number of syllables in each line. It could be that. But other than that, I think you did an outstanding job of addressing such an age-old issue. Keep it up! :D
 
Tweedle Dee said...
Aug. 30, 2008 at 4:05 pm
you go girl! this poem is sooo awesome!!! love that attitude!
 
RMD said...
Aug. 30, 2008 at 7:15 am
"Why must you hate me,
Is it because my hips are wide like mountains?
My bone structure is thick,
And my love flows like fountains?"
I feel you should have made this one question instead of two because the second question is not really a separate question. I would put a comma in place of the first question mark and leave the second question mark as it is. But other than that, I really liked the message of the poem.
 
harry_potter_freak said...
Aug. 23, 2008 at 5:45 pm
so true... so true...
 
soxrox said...
Aug. 22, 2008 at 9:25 pm
i love it!!!!!
 
leisha101 said...
Aug. 17, 2008 at 3:10 am
i love this poem.!!!!!!I KNOW THATS RIGHT KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK GIRL
 
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