Incident Poem by Countee Cullen


Rating: 3.6

Once riding in old Baltimore,
Heart-filled, head-filled with glee,
I saw a Baltimorean
Keep looking straight at me.

Now I was eight and very small,
And he was no whit bigger,
And so I smiled, but he poked out
His tongue, and called me, 'Nigger.'

I saw the whole of Baltimore
From May until December;
Of all the things that happened there
That's all that I remember.

Brittney Ware 09 May 2010

Ned Coates, you are an idiot. 'Whit' means a particle or a bit. Like when you say a smidge of something. Stop making stuff up. It makes you look stupid.

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Sue muse 10 July 2022

What was Ned Coates' comment?

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silly cucc boi 15 May 2018

HELP! My slaves ran away and I can't find them!

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Caroline Bulleck 05 November 2012

It's horrible how racism is alive today. Everyone is equal, but there will always be favoritism among race. It's so sad.

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J Lucking 05 April 2018

What a shock... It's a shame they let something so trivial wreck their vacation...

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MAHTAB BANGALEE 07 February 2024

Something nostalgic expression about Baltimore

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Sylvia Frances Chan 07 February 2024

A lovely sweet poem with bit of humor and much of melancholy and great sadness inside. True heart-touching poem

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Sylvia Frances Chan 07 February 2024

Congratulations being chosen by Poem Hunter and Team as The Modern Poem Of The Day.

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Sylvia Frances Chan 07 February 2024

A profound Modern Poem Of The Day, most deerving Modern Poem Of The Day.5 Stars full score and myriad more! I have enjoyed very much, so many years have passed, Long before the periiod of Black Lives Matters

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Richard Wlodarski 07 May 2022

What an abominable action for a child so young! And it's still happening to this day!

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