Rookie - 276 Points (30TH OCTOBER,1984 / BENUE STATE, NIGERIA)

Because I Am Black - Poem by ANTHONY ANIGBATA

Because I am black
Does not mean I am spontaneous
Untrustworthy and lazy
The leopards and zebra all have spots
But should not be judged by their spots

Because I am black
They bath me with laughter
Calling my eerie names for being me
Forgetting I am one like them
An image of the maker himself

The city gate opens half
To see if I’m genuine before I enter
The injustice on me seen as clean justice
My every step doubted
My rights discarded
My rich and unique cultures disregarded

The prison is where I sleep
The slum my shelter if I am freed
To all my doing they give a tag
Forgetting there are blacks
Who are good

The farmers’ son has left his own path
And have embraced theirs
He has forgotten Sango for the crucified Lamb
I eat their own food
And speak their own tongue
But I am black, so I am not wanted

I have played my own part
I have contributed to the world
I have fought a great fight for my right
But because I am black
They still don’t want to know
That I am good

*a verse in an attempt to stop racism and hatred in the world.

Topic(s) of this poem: nature

Form: Blank Verse

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Poem Submitted: Friday, November 20, 2015

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