willow moon pearce

Rookie - 25 Points (October 1951 / London, UK)

Taught Racism - Poem by willow moon pearce

Children are born blind to hate and bigotry
With their big smiles and loving ways
They are taught ugliness
By unthinking adults and overheard conversation
This makes them use words and terms that for generations
Have caused hate and bitterness
To our fellow man.

Yes, they are taught, not born
To this social cancer.
I once asked a black friend how he would like
To be addressed?
Black, afro-american or just coloured.
No he said - just call me friend.

Comments about Taught Racism by willow moon pearce

  • (11/20/2018 5:27:00 PM)

    Does anyone know when this was written? Thank you. (Report) Reply

    (11/20/2018 6:28:00 PM)

    Written 2006.

    0 person liked.
    0 person did not like.
  • Bri Edwards (7/28/2018 6:34:00 PM)

    i will now be putting this poem into my (our) usually-monthly display of poems which i call a showcase. Thanks.

    your name will be mentioned at least twice. bri :)
    (Report) Reply

  • Bri Edwards (7/23/2018 1:07:00 PM)

    Thanks. Bri :)

    p.s. showcases ‘show up’ as individual poems in my Bri Edwards list of PH poems; search by month and year, since about three years ago.
    (Report) Reply

  • Bri Edwards (7/23/2018 1:06:00 PM)

    (cont.) Besides featuring ‘racism poems’, I am featuring SHORT poems written by some of my PH “friends”. Any questions? Please feel free to ask. (cont.) (Report) Reply

  • Bri Edwards (7/23/2018 1:05:00 PM)

    (cont.) AND i plan to put it into my usually-monthly-on-my-PH-site showcase***, this time for the month of August 2018. your name will be with it (twice) . (cont.) (Report) Reply

  • Bri Edwards (7/23/2018 1:04:00 PM)

    i am collecting PH poems which i find in PH's list of racism-topic poems. this is the first i've read from PH's
    suggested list of 100. i LIKE this one, a lot. i will send it to MyPoemList. (cont.)
    (Report) Reply

  • Chinedu Dike (2/10/2018 7:28:00 PM)

    The colour or race of an individual does not matter, what counts is that one is born a worthy person. Brave utterances set aside for honest reflection. Thanks for sharing Willow and do remain enriched. (Report) Reply

  • (2/12/2006 9:15:00 AM)

    Well first of all, you have a wonderful name.Is this your actual name? Beautiful either way.
    Secondly you have opened up yet another door that allows the reader to examine their
    own out look on these matters.Loads of Feeling and tallent in your poetry.Love Duncan
    (Report) Reply

  • (1/8/2006 6:05:00 AM)

    Very true! We are born with love! but hate is learned!
    'your friend' by love
    (Report) Reply

  • (11/17/2005 2:33:00 PM)

    i like your tone...best regards linda (Report) Reply

Read all 11 comments »

Read this poem in other languages

This poem has not been translated into any other language yet.

I would like to translate this poem »

word flags

What do you think this poem is about?

Poem Submitted: Thursday, November 17, 2005

Famous Poems

  1. Still I Rise
    Maya Angelou
  2. The Road Not Taken
    Robert Frost
  3. If You Forget Me
    Pablo Neruda
  4. Dreams
    Langston Hughes
  5. Annabel Lee
    Edgar Allan Poe
  6. Stopping By Woods On A Snowy Evening
    Robert Frost
  7. If
    Rudyard Kipling
  8. Do Not Stand At My Grave And Weep
    Mary Elizabeth Frye
  9. I Do Not Love You Except Because I Love You
    Pablo Neruda
  10. Television
    Roald Dahl
[Report Error]