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The lash across my back,
makes red my brilliant black.
The venom in those eyes,
transmitted by my sighs.

And I remember
grief-stricken mother
watching helplessly as “human” arms
dragged me overseas
to till this land not Ours.

I await the utterance of that word;
the justification of my maltreatment

His lips twist ,
into a snarl,
His raised fist,
the guttural growl;
“ANIMAL!”

He has hands and arms:
I have hands and arms.
He has legs and feet:
I have legs and feet.

I search in vain for my non-existent tell-tale tail


I examine his torso
and touch its tinted reflection beneath my shirt.

But when I look into his eyes
They are full of hatred
They are full of bloodlust
yet he calls me
“ANIMAL!”
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CharcoalThis teenager is a 'regular' and has contributed a lot of work, comments and/or forum posts, and has received many votes and high ratings over a long period of time. said...
Sept. 29, 2013 at 4:01 pm:
I love this poem and the meaning behind it. I can't wait to read more of your writing.
 
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Sam_Dawn_Richi This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Jan. 5, 2013 at 8:29 pm:
This is a great poem with a great message.
 
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Jan. 7, 2013 at 10:46 am :
Thanks! I'm glad you like it!
 
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