Treasure Island

John Westlake

(Crawley)

153. I Woke Up This Morning Feeling Racist


I woke up this morning feeling racist
so I went for a little run
came second in the 200m hurdles
just behind number 1

I woke up this yesterday feeling ageist
when really there was no point
I am older now than the day before
and I feel it in my left knee joint

The day before I woke up sexist
whoever that person may be
am pretty sure that I'm not it
but it could be anyone else but me

The thing is I am not any of these
I'll try to accept anyone true
and if you don't try to harm me
then I won't try to harm you

Submitted: Friday, August 15, 2014

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  • Abekah Emmanuel (9/10/2014 1:00:00 PM)

    I particularly like the last stanza, yes! If you dont harm me, there will be no chaos, but if you do, expect the worst. Sometimes, we do experience such strange feelings.....nicely written, , , , , well done! (Report) Reply

  • Ed Nigma (8/20/2014 5:36:00 PM)

    A racist running a race coming in second to first place is a taste to be understood. Sometimes you have moments of racism without actually being a racist. Sometimes it doesn't even have to be against another African American or Hispanic sometimes it's against white people. Because all people no matter what color have good and bad. I like the idea that the runner came just short and that is how it is for people of prejudice and racist backgrounds. They never can quite make it ahead in life walking around with that chip on their shoulder it's a boulder that weighs them down slowing them up for everything that they do. I like the premise of the poem itself. If you do right by my then I will do right by you but don't cross me cause you wont like that other guy. Nicely done. (Report) Reply

  • Nika Mcguin (8/19/2014 7:23:00 AM)

    Nice one John! Though I enjoyed all of it my favorite part would have to be the ageist stanza. I feel that society is actually very ageist in present times. But like your poem states, there's no point. We are all getting older each day so why discriminate against those who simply beat us to the finish line.

    And there are alot of ageist men who are in their 30's,40's, and 50's, yet they only date between 18 & 24. Pretty sick if you ask me. If they love each other fine, but there's definitely something wrong with a guy who wont date women his own age. It's as if he's in denial or having a mid-life crisis.

    I know I'm rambling at this point, but these are all the things that came to mind after reading your poem. It was very thought provoking, nice job :)

    Nika~ (Report) Reply

  • Bri Edwards (8/19/2014 12:55:00 AM)

    i just read the first two stanzas. after reading the second stanza, i understood racist from the first stanza. cute/clever.

    i noticed an understandable typo in this line, but not until i'd read it twice. I woke up this yesterday feeling ageist

    i had a bit of trouble with the 3rd stanza, but overall i applaud the poem. great rhyme scheme and rhymes.
    i'll try to not harm you; i think YOU could beat ME to a pulp! , and i like the way i am now. thanks for sharing. bri :) peace, love, and the rest. (Report) Reply

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