Lawrence S. Pertillar

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Who Let These Kids Back In The Schoolyard? Poem by Lawrence S. Pertillar


Racial epithets.
Addressed to express and with effect.
Well...
Who let these kids back in the schoolyard?

And petty tits for tat.
In rhyming dialogue rapped to match.
Well...
Who let these kids back in the schoolyard?

What should have been learned 'then' has degraded.
Updated is a truth with facts that attach.
And what should have been 'then' learned 'now' is hated,
With a calling racist names just to bring back old playground tactics.

Those,
Racial epithets.
Addressed to express and with effect.
Well...
Who let these kids back in the schoolyard?

Whose skin is white,
And think that they are right...
Well,
That kind of mindset is out dated.
And...
The ones who are black,
Seem to seek excuses for that.
Well,
That kind of mindset is outdated.

And...
Petty tits for tat.
In rhyming dialogue rapped to match.
Well...
Who let these kids back in the schoolyard?

Whose skin is white,
And think that they are right...
Well,
That kind of mindset is out dated.
And...
The ones who are black,
Seem to seek excuses for that.
Well,
That kind of mindset is outdated.

Who let these kids back in the schoolyard?
To look like they are fools.
Who let these kids back in the schoolyard?
To be the fools they choose.
Who let these kids back in the schoolyard?
To look like they are fools.
Who let these kids back in the schoolyard?
To be the fools approved.

Submitted: Thursday, August 01, 2013
Edited: Friday, August 02, 2013

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