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The Shroud Of Color

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"Lord, being dark," I said, "I cannot bear
The further touch of earth, the scented air;
Lord, being dark, forewilled to that despair
My color shrouds me in, I am as dirt
Beneath my brother's heel; there is a hurt
In all the simple joys which to a child
Are sweet; they are contaminate, defiled
By truths of wrongs the childish vision fails
To see; too great a cost this birth entails.
I strangle in this yoke drawn tighter than
The worth of bearing it, just to be man.
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Ralonda Simmons Simmons 26 January 2021
Extremely relatable content. Thank you, Countee Cullen!
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Dr Antony Theodore 19 July 2018
marvelous Poem, a great 10, tony
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Susan Williams 19 July 2018
I am going to read this over and over until each and every word has sunk into my heart and soul. This is a heart flayed open for all to see- his fellow man, his Creator God, angels and demons he bids come see. Breaks my heart- God did not create us to cause misery nor feel misery. We are meant to feel love for others and love for self. Magnificent write.
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Edward Kofi Louis 19 July 2018
With the whiz of a sword! ! Thanks for sharing this poem with us.
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Adrian Flett 19 July 2018
The persisting struggle of cultural and colour differences still exists, despite our hopefulness for the future..
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Kumarmani Mahakul 19 July 2018
Upon my back, and though the tears for joy would run, My sight was clear; I looked and saw the rising sun.........impressive expression with nice theme. Beautiful poem.10
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Muzahidul Reza 19 July 2018
Color sounds much of diversities in the universe of Almighty Creator
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Robert Murray Smith 19 July 2018
This poet has his mind revolving around his inner turmoil. Dark the poem see little light.
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