Richard Wlodarski

Of Such Life - For Black Lives Matter

Enough pain
To last life
Endured such

I am not
Your damn slave
Whipped to death
For pleasure
I am not
Your sound board
Deafening you
You listen not
I am not
Your eye sore
To destroy
Resurrect
I am not
A mouthpiece
Spouting filth
Racism

I am such
Of same blood
As just you
Your brother
I do bleed
When you cut
My warm hand
But don't arm
I do scream
When you hit
Hit hit hit
But don't quit
I do see
When you poke
My eye out
But not blind
I feel
Your damn pain
Not that worse
Than just mine

I forgive
You racist
For you are
So damn blind

Topic(s) of this poem: equality, life and death, racism

Poem Submitted: Wednesday, July 1, 2020
Poem Edited: Monday, July 20, 2020

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Poet's Notes about The Poem

Stop the racism! Stop the killings! Return to being God's children! Please!
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Comments about Of Such Life - For Black Lives Matter by Richard Wlodarski

  • S.zaynab KamoonpuriS.zaynab Kamoonpuri (8/12/2020 11:40:00 AM)

    A deep sublime poem against racism on both sides. I like the bleed line and others a great too. Kudos!

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  • Elizabeth Padillo OlesenElizabeth Padillo Olesen (7/30/2020 4:46:00 AM)

    Dear Richard,
    Thanks for your very passionate poem, attributing to the tone and cries in our history. The world is shakened by the Black Lives Matter demonstrations. May racism and slavery proclaim their exit from our global humanity.

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  • Eva Mae WittEva Mae Witt (7/17/2020 6:47:00 AM)

    A very in depth poem written about racism many people who have slashed anyone of different color. Thank you for sharing this excellent written poem for all to read. I went through some of this myself as I grew up. I myself am of a mixed heritage. Native Canadian. Thank you Richard for sharing this.

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  • Pranab K ChakrabortyPranab K Chakraborty (7/17/2020 2:25:00 AM)

    I am such
    Of same blood
    As just you
    Your brother
    I do bleed
    When you cut
    My warm hand......................... message is clear. Now it depends on their acceptance. Thank you for sending.

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  • Tom Allport (7/16/2020 12:49:00 PM)

    A wonderful write that is quite right that racial blindness is clear insight....well penned.

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  • Prodip Kumar BasakProdip Kumar Basak (7/16/2020 10:32:00 AM)

    An excellent piece of work.

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  • Gary James SmithGary James Smith (7/16/2020 7:34:00 AM)

    There definitely wee a lot of atrocities against the black people in the past for sure and racism I still alive in the marketplace today...only the good Lord with bring to justice in His time...

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  • Sandra Kavanagh JosefssonSandra Kavanagh Josefsson (7/16/2020 5:21:00 AM)

    Great depth and feeling in this poem. Conveys the story of the abuse of black people. The understanding of how hard their Life is.

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  • Bryony SheldonBryony Sheldon (7/15/2020 5:07:00 PM)

    Such a meaningful and powerful poem!

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  • Nudershada CabanesNudershada Cabanes (7/15/2020 3:19:00 PM)

    A timely poem. The message is clear and strong. Time to stop this racism.

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  • Haile TesfayeHaile Tesfaye (7/15/2020 4:16:00 AM)

    The root of all hatred is lack of love.
    A well painted poem about the harsh reality.

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  • Dr Dillip K SwainDr Dillip K Swain (7/13/2020 5:05:00 AM)

    A sturdy piece of work! The last stanza on forgiveness spells volumes....appreciated.

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  • Favour UchechukwuFavour Uchechukwu (7/12/2020 9:45:00 AM)

    Nice poem, it means a lot.

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  • Ellen Ni Bheachain (7/12/2020 4:51:00 AM)

    Your poems brings it right home. A very touching and real poem.

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  • Unnikrishnan E S (7/12/2020 2:08:00 AM)

    Part 2

    Let me quote from the poem:

    “I do bleed...
    I do scream....
    I do see....
    I feel”

    But, for all that you have done to me and my race,
    “I forgive”.... Great Valour. A true descendant of Gandhiji, Martin Luther King, Nelson Mandela et al

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  • Unnikrishnan E S (7/12/2020 2:03:00 AM)

    A power-packed poem. The short lines and thrashingly pointed words/phrases convey a very emphatic message, which the world can no longer ignore. At the same time, the poet makes it extremely calm and composed, so that it helps douse the fire and neutralise the venom spewed by racism. Wonderful.A 100

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  • Etienne Charilaou (7/11/2020 7:01:00 AM)

    But don't arm. Is that meant to be 'not my arm' / 'But don't harm' ?

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  • Babalola JubrilBabalola Jubril (7/11/2020 2:19:00 AM)

    Beautiful! !

    More ink to your pen

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  • Vinita Nahata (7/10/2020 9:50:00 PM)

    " I forgive
    You racist
    For you are
    So blind" ... superb poem... very apt.

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  • Juliet LanguedocJuliet Languedoc (7/10/2020 7:58:00 PM)

    A consuming flame of urgency to end racism

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