They Call Me Illegal Poem by Leonard Dabydeen

They Call Me Illegal

Rating: 4.2

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.

They Call Me Illegal
Tuesday, June 6, 2017
Topic(s) of this poem: rain,trees
Discrimination in society
Simone Inez Harriman 19 June 2017

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

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Bernard F. Asuncion 19 June 2017

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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Tom Allport 19 June 2017

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.

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Richard Wlodarski 19 June 2017

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

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Resh Kav 19 June 2017

I put a smile on earth... Excellent

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upendra majhi 14 December 2017

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.

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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 19 June 2017

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 19 June 2017

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

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Anil Kumar Panda 19 June 2017

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.

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