Leslie Malibiran


Racism - Poem by Leslie Malibiran

Born once in another place,
He only needed breathing space.
When it came to face to face,
Our people acted in disgrace.
This quiet man, who walked in pride,
Slipped in from the other side,
Seeking fortune multiplied,
Only to be shoved aside.
They arrested and tossed him in the van,
His legal rights, they overran.
This foreign speaking gentleman,
Although he was American.
The counter person refused the sale,
She sat and filed a fingernail.
He stood his ground, without a sound,
So dignified and honor bound.
The person sang his song,
The evidence did not belong.
The witness learned that he was wrong;
Maybe he knew it all along.
This quiet man at last was freed,
He finally got rid of evil deed.
Now unemployed, no case to plead,
With many open mouths to feed.
The day after his pleading in,
Another loyal citizen
Accused him of having bad skin,
And of burglary and breaking in.
Born once in another place,
He only needed breathing space.
When it came to face to face,
Our people acted in disgrace.

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Poem Submitted: Friday, May 7, 2010



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