Diana van den Berg

Rookie - 300 Points (4 November 1945 / Durban, South Africa)

If I Woke Up Black - Poem by Diana van den Berg

if I woke up black
I would sprint at once to buy
a sun-yellow dress

(17 December 2005)


Comments about If I Woke Up Black by Diana van den Berg

  • Gold Star - 8,398 Points Bri Edwards (3/15/2015 11:16:00 PM)

    OOPS! I JUST REALIZED i should change bleaching skin to dying skin black! ! i'm NOT a cosmetician, for goodness sake. i'm new at this! ! ! bri :) (Report) Reply

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  • Gold Star - 8,398 Points Bri Edwards (3/15/2015 10:56:00 PM)

    i read this twice; didn't take long. then i burst out with a hearty (but not TOO loud) laugh. good one! the poem i mean! ! i wouldn't buy a dress, but maybe a nice red, yellow, and green shirt? i'd skip white and black; i once heard they weren't even colors! to MyPoemList it goes; i think i can squeeze it in. bri :)

    and i have been inspired, and will give Diana's poem a plug (that's like advertizing/advertising) when i submit my next poem, which follows:


    If I Woke Up, Black

    If i woke up black, to....
    sleep I might go back.
    Not because I'm white,
    but I'd NOT believe my sight.

    I'd think I was just dreaming,
    and not about coffee steaming,
    but of a major change in my life,
    which might cause a bit o' strife.

    For instance, what to tell my wife?
    Dear, I stayed in the sun too long.
    (Should I sing it in a tribal song?)
    (accompanied by a drum and fife?)

    Or would she consider this fine answer:
    a delayed gene, from an ancestor?
    Could I get my wish to be on the NEWS,
    giving my now-black-AND-white views?

    I think there would be money to be had.
    Whites bleaching skin might become a fad.
    But would my silvery hair go well with black?
    Should I just crawl back into my warm 'sack'?

    (March 15, 2015) (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 50 Points William Lindenmuth (9/14/2009 9:27:00 AM)

    with a spirit so light you brighten the day (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 0 Points Bob Blackwell (6/7/2009 4:14:00 AM)

    How about a green hat with yellow spots as well. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Sonya Florentino (2/28/2009 7:13:00 PM)

    with earrings to match! :) (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Sicelo Sithole (2/13/2009 1:13:00 AM)

    Love the feeling depicted through the lines here. this is lovely. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie A Poet Who Loves To Sing Alves (2/9/2009 2:45:00 PM)

    10 because you'd dare! Ha! I would wear pink! ...hot pink! (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Monday, February 9, 2009



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