Leonard Dabydeen

Bronze Star - 2,125 Points (Guyana)

They Call Me Illegal - Poem by Leonard Dabydeen

They call me illegal
unwanted in the eye
blue as the sky
but only seeing my colour
my dark skin and I
they crimp minds with hate
even fornicate
their souls to flaming rage
and yet on impulse
I smile mischievously
‘cause I am hopeful
I am like falling rain
I run in gutters
I run in trenches
I put a smile on earth
trees and plants
they welcome me.

Topic(s) of this poem: rain, trees

Form: Free Verse

Poet's Notes about The Poem

Discrimination in society

Comments about They Call Me Illegal by Leonard Dabydeen

  • (12/14/2017 5:45:00 AM)

    The word racism, uttering it with disdain is not enough.Intolerant mind searches for a ground to hate.Either race, caste, ethnicity, wealth-status, colour, gender, region, language, even shape and size of nose, Therefore, we need to report all aspects of the intolerance so that planet becomes a better place to live.Congratulations. (Report) Reply

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  • Geeta Radhakrishna Menon (6/19/2017 11:39:00 PM)

    This is a beautiful poem. i like the photograph too.
    Colour discrimination still exists though the modern world speaks of progress.
    I most heartily agree! The trees always welcome you with a smile no matter of your colour.
    Well done, Leonard! Congratulations!
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  • Bharati Nayak (6/19/2017 8:35:00 PM)

    Color of the skin can not be a measure of man's worth.Racial discrimination on the basis of color divides society.Why do they not understand that we are all human beings as trees to a forest.Very nicely penned poem.To quote a few lines- - -
    I am like falling rain
    I run in gutters
    I run in trenches
    I put a smile on earth
    trees and plants
    they welcome me.
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  • Pilar Mogollon (6/19/2017 7:18:00 PM)

    Thank you, that is a wonderful honest piece. Powerful and poignant- the poem and the image. (Report) Reply

  • Anil Kumar Panda (6/19/2017 11:00:00 AM)

    Disease that is spreading in the society more and more. Though we have grown up in intelligence the curse of racism is still rampant in society. An eye opener. Liked it. (Report) Reply

  • Denis Mair (6/19/2017 10:05:00 AM)

    THEY CRIMP MINDS WITH HATE/ EVEN FORNICATE/ THEIR SOULS TO FLAMING RAGE...Indeed, there is something obscene about demonizing the forsaken children of the earth, pretending that bad bile is the wine of life. You have a beautiful vision of the cast-down ones. Being cast down, they have sympathy for all fragile, tender lives. If life glorifies naked power, that is no kind of life. The smile of the cast-down ones brings hope. (Report) Reply

  • Savita Tyagi (6/19/2017 8:38:00 AM)

    Excellent poem. Every day a new face of hate is born. A new shape a new form. Nature is our hope and our well wishers and guide always coming to our aid in tough times. Congratulations for member poem selection of such wonderful poem. (Report) Reply

  • Rajnish Manga (6/19/2017 7:24:00 AM)

    Powerful commentary against racism. Nicely articulated. Thanks. (Report) Reply

  • (6/19/2017 6:32:00 AM)

    I put a smile on earth... Excellent (Report) Reply

  • (6/19/2017 5:37:00 AM)

    How beautifully you've summed up that Man discriminates and Nature does not. Congratulations on a well deserved Poem Of The Day. (Report) Reply

  • Tom Allport (6/19/2017 3:54:00 AM)

    a poem of truth on what is going on in a world full of man made boxes into which depending where you come from? we are all destined to be put in one? ............wonderfully written L. (Report) Reply

  • Bernard F. Asuncion (6/19/2017 2:38:00 AM)

    Discrimination is illegal in the sight of God because the Almighty lets the rain fall to all as He allows the sun to bring warmth to all.... a perfect 10++++
    You may visit my HEARTACHES WILL NEVER LAST and EACH PASSING DAY....Thanks, Leonard👍👍👍
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  • Simone Inez Harriman (6/19/2017 2:17:00 AM)

    Lovely heart felt poem Leonard. Congratulations for poem of the day :) (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Poem Edited: Tuesday, June 6, 2017

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