Lawrence S. Pertillar

Veteran Poet - 4,591 Points (February/'47 / Connecticut, USA)

Not Afrocentric Enough

Years ago...
They acted as if,
I was an embarrassment to them.
Not Afrocentric enough.
Even though I had identity,
Branded on my 'strut-and-stuff'!

My name, Lawrence Suhuba
Yuroban selected.
Doubling the meaning of my given name.
Suhuba (Lawrence) now Lawrence S.
Proud of my heritage and having no shame!
None to confess.

Today I 'strut' with my stuff all over the internet.
Doing what I've done most of my life.
And that's write.

And I might have been an embarrassment to them then...
But 'them' not feeling comfortable to be who they are now,
Should embarrass them more!

Since having no identity today,
Makes little sense since everything folks have lived for...
To impress with materialism has diminished in value.
And everything they are has been invested in it!

My head is held high...
Most times.
If I am not in deep thought!
I might not have a dime in my pocket.
Most times,
My mind tells me I'm worth millions!
And I look to the ground,
Just to make sure I'm not dropping any of it!

Submitted: Sunday, October 25, 2009

Do you like this poem?
0 person liked.
0 person did not like.

What do you think this poem is about?

Read this poem in other languages

This poem has not been translated into any other language yet.

I would like to translate this poem »

word flags

What do you think this poem is about?

Comments about this poem (Not Afrocentric Enough by Lawrence S. Pertillar )

Enter the verification code :

There is no comment submitted by members.. Updates

New Poems

  1. Dressed in russet monochromes, Mark Heathcote
  2. Thankful For You KP, Michael McParland
  3. My Baby She's Flying, Little Eagle McGowan
  4. Change with quality, hasmukh amathalal
  5. Alone, Emily Krauss
  6. Hope, Emily Krauss
  7. Behavior speaks, hasmukh amathalal
  8. Holding The Sunlight, Emily Krauss
  9. Good but naughty, hasmukh amathalal
  10. Cool Storms, Emily Krauss

Poem of the Day

poet Richard Lovelace

"Come, pretty birds, present your lays,
And learn to chaunt a goddess praise;
Ye wood-nymphs, let your voices be
Employ'd to serve her deity:
...... Read complete »


Modern Poem

poet Yevgeny Yevtushenko


Member Poem

Trending Poems

  1. Dreams, Langston Hughes
  2. All the World's a Stage, William Shakespeare
  3. Fire and Ice, Robert Frost
  4. A Dream Within A Dream, Edgar Allan Poe
  5. If, Rudyard Kipling
  6. Invictus, William Ernest Henley
  7. If You Forget Me, Pablo Neruda
  8. Phenomenal Woman, Maya Angelou
  9. And Death Shall Have No Dominion, Dylan Thomas
  10. Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night, Dylan Thomas

Trending Poets

[Hata Bildir]