Deona Skidmore

Bi-Racial

BI-RACIAL
A kiss of death to my relationships with men
With men whose families have to ask
'Why can't you just find a nice 'white' girl? .

BI-RACIAL
I do not apologize.
I am a person,
not a colour,
not a race,
not a shoe-size.

BI-RACIAL
And I won't let you define me.
I am bi-racial,
I have bi-racial hair and bi-racial blood
I have an I.Q. that would make most MENSA-students cry
I have a heart that bleeds and dies every time you leave
I've got enough love to provide for all that are willing to accept me
I've got the patience to sit up on the phone at 3 a.m. talking to the men I'm not good enough for, when their families are asleep, and they need a friend
I AM BI-RACIAL, with enough common sense to make amends

BI-RACIAL
And I won't stand for your defense
I'm not saying that I've got a heart of gold
Nor do I have morals of steel.

But I am BI-RACIAL,
I know what it's like to feel like your life can be computed down to something that isn't real
I'm bi-racial and I'm not here to make a big deal,
but I am bi-racial.

It wasn't my decision,
But I could never choose,
My skin tone is a part of me,
I've got culture like you couldn't believe,
I can compare Bach, Beethoven and Brahms.
Can fix a computer in no time at all.

I am BI-RACIAL
I DON'T NEED FORGIVENESS
I WON'T APOLOGIZE
I AM BI-RACIAL.
I live, I lust, I love.
I'm sorry that you're missing out, 'cause you don't think I'm good enough
(January 13,2009)

Poem Submitted: Tuesday, January 13, 2009
Poem Edited: Tuesday, January 17, 2012

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Comments about Bi-Racial by Deona Skidmore

  • Kimberly M (3/28/2010 10:54:00 AM)

    i absolutely loved this poem! ! I've been trying sooo hard to find a poem that suites me and this is it! ! ! WONDERFUL PIECE! ! !

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  • Laurie HillLaurie Hill (1/27/2009 9:10:00 PM)

    Excellent.......loved it.......10+

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  • Patrick McFarland (1/14/2009 1:50:00 AM)

    A beautiful piece Deona. Easily a ten. It compares quite favorably to Maya Angelou's 'Still I Rise' (which I believe is one of the best poems ever written) .
    Thanks for sharing.

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  • Keith Hendrickson (1/13/2009 10:54:00 PM)

    wow i relate to this piece so much. i am bi racial(black/white) i know exactly how you feel.

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  • Jim Norausky (1/13/2009 10:21:00 PM)

    Deona, I think your poem deserves a high place in the list of top 500 poems on this site. Absolutely outstanding.10 here. Jim

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  • Scott Austin (1/13/2009 10:11:00 PM)

    You express your thoughts extremely well in this piece….enjoyed the read…thank you for sharing…may peace and joy fill your heart each and everyday.

    Scott

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