Bri Edwards

Gold Star - 61,981 Points (some time ago / Earth, i believe)

If I Woke Up, Black... [skin Color; Response To Diana Van Den Berg; Short; Humour; Fantasy] - Poem by Bri Edwards

If i woke up black, to....
sleep I might go back.
Not because I'm 'white',
but I'd NOT believe my sight.

I'd think I was just dreaming,
and not about coffee steaming,
but of a major change in my life,
which might cause a bit o' strife.

For instance, what to tell my wife?
'Dear, I stayed in the sun too long.'
(Should I sing it in a tribal song?)
(accompanied by a drum and fife?)

Or would she consider this fine answer:
'a delayed gene, from an ancestor'?
Could I get my wish to be on the NEWS,
giving my now-black-AND-white views?

I think there would be money to be had.
Whites dying skin black might become a fad.
But would my silvery hair go well with black?
Should I just crawl back into my warm 'sack'?

(March 15, 2015)

Topic(s) of this poem: race


Poet's Notes about The Poem

My poem is my response to Diana van den Berg's tiny, but marvelous poem: If I Woke Up Black. thanks, Diana (not the princess, but the 'queen' of S. Africa, a 'white woman'....i think) .

Comments about If I Woke Up, Black... [skin Color; Response To Diana Van Den Berg; Short; Humour; Fantasy] by Bri Edwards

  • Bri Edwards (3/15/2015 11:23:00 PM)


    OOPS! bleaching skin should read dying skin black. i must have been thinking of a sequel: If I Woke Up White.
    bri :)
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Poem Submitted: Sunday, March 15, 2015

Poem Edited: Sunday, March 15, 2015


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