Tell Me I’m Black … This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.

August 13, 2011
By , Wilson, NC
It's not the worst you'll ever say,
I might think it polite to address me this way.
A good man is what I am, no different, no less.
I look like my momma, a true queen,a princess.

Tell me I'm black,
and I'll call you a fiend,
an inhuman being,
a coward and no sting.

Tell me I'm black,
and I'll say Mr. please,
Thank you, I'm only human,
shy of perfection and ashy knees.

Thank God I am colored,
and not as plain as the sand,
I speak fortunes from many nations,
of heroes who take stands.

So say that I'm white for being this way,
but I'll call you white back for all the ill things you say.
You'll laugh and spread jokes,
dirty rumors and mad lies,
yet the truth shall set me free,
I speak words from the wise.

Tell me I'm different,
because I march to inspire change.
I don't always move between conventional lanes.
Instead I swerve flawlessly and unmistakably about,
I know only indifference and choose my own route.

I prayed to God last week
for cold facts, will power, and strength
and today he yelled back,
that as long as I was black,
one thing would never change,
He would always love me
and all his people,
everyone the same.

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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lala2463 said...
Aug. 8, 2012 at 10:51 am
That is an incredible piece! It speaks on so many levels to me. I love the perspective and the flow of the words. Thank you for the message! Keep up the good work!
MiaUnwriten said...
Mar. 21, 2012 at 10:13 am
i love it.
ColetteF said...
Mar. 20, 2012 at 9:48 pm
This is an excellent piece of writing :) you have a really strong voice that keeps the reader entertained and empathetic. Great writing!
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