Lorna Gero

(March 1,1978 / Antigonish, Nova Scotia)

To That Black Man


We love you even though sometimes
you don’t deserve it.
We are your friends, your sisters, your girlfriends,
your wives.
You lack what we as black women need
the most, respect.
We are struggling ourselves everyday
as we try to overcome the abuse
we have suffered, the love we have lost
and the “thank you’s” we have seldom heard.
You, black male should be our shelters
from the storms of discrimination, our
shields in the battle of abuse and not the
water in the wells in which we feel
we are drowning.

Submitted: Tuesday, January 24, 2006
Edited: Wednesday, January 25, 2006

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  • Mary Nagy (2/5/2006 4:54:00 PM)

    This is very powerful Lorna.........great poem! I especially liked the '' not the
    water in the wells in which we feel we are drowning. ' That's a great analogy....nice job. Sincerely, Mary (Report) Reply

  • Lawrence S. Pertillar (1/24/2006 10:18:00 PM)

    I heard the call and I respond! This poem you have written is not only 'great' stuff, it is correct and honest! I understand.5th line from the bottom...'You black male(s) should be our shelters' I have a 'creative' thought about this...bear with me. (Reading) 'You have blackmailed us and should be our shelters' OR 'You, black male...should be our shelter! ' Either way...Lorna, I like this very much!
    L (Report) Reply

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