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(10th july 1996/Samastipur (Bihar) / India)

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Able, talented but black

To an african mom
born a child
with black skin
from his father

he always complained
his mom
why he is black

everytime
mom gently kissed
his forehead
saying
colour does not matter
if you are able and talented

this was enough
to calm
that little boy

slightly younger
he became
began going to school
all made joke at him

at home he complained
his mother
she smiled
saying the same thing
again and again
if you are talented
colour matters
nothing

now some years later
a well grown man
he became
remembered still his mother words
went one day on an interview
all qualities he had though
the chair person quoth
though you are
able and talented
but black, sorry!
rejected...

Submitted: Sunday, May 19, 2013
Edited: Wednesday, September 11, 2013


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descourage raceism

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  • Freewill Amon (6/25/2013 1:08:00 PM)

    I love the truth you penned down here bro. The way we see it is not always the way it really is.

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  • Freewill Amon (6/25/2013 1:06:00 PM)

    @Bri Edwards. I've read the book (Gifted Hands by Ben Carson) . I look forward to seen the movie.

  • Bri Edwards (6/11/2013 7:21:00 PM)

    slightly younger ....shouldn't that say OLDER? ? ? if not, i am interested to hear the explanation.
    but i DO like the story a lot. i just saw a movie recently entitled GIFTED HANDS about a black boy who
    had disadvantages early in life........but he had a great mother! she said he could accomplish what he wanted in life with hard work and determination (well, something like those words) . and he DID have what most people would consider great success, though he had to resist showing anger when faced with racism after he first became a medical doctor. i don't like when i hear someone say you can be what you want to be. of course it doesn't always work that way, as your poem points out. thanks for sharing.

    i like that you didn't feel the need to have the same number of lines in each stanza. also, though i DO like rhyming, you didn't rhyme; the poem did not suffer at all. in fact rhyming may have detracted from the message.

  • Hazel Durham (5/27/2013 3:12:00 AM)

    Life doesn't always go according to plan, great wisdom in this story, to believe in oneself is the most important lesson to learn! !
    Excellent write!

  • Thomas A Robinson (5/19/2013 3:57:00 PM)

    Some may see as an obstacle.
    Others may see as an advantage
    In the dark all see black

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