A man once asked

A man once asked

A Poem by Jonas Hughes

 

A man once asked me “Do I wish I was white?”
 
I took a step back with my mouth wide open
 
He looked me up and down, his little black token
 
I worked hard for years to rise to the top
 
I worked through the pain, the misery, even shoveled pig slop
 
As I walked down the road of blood and tears
 
It never occurred to me that it’s my skin they fear
 
Not my smarts, or my looks, it didn’t even matter that I read all their books
 
My beautiful black skin, so dark, so tough
 
Yet it holds beauty that they envy so much
 
It has withstood the lashes of the whip, the crack of a rope
 
Even the deadly rock called dope
 
My beautiful skin is no sin, as they would have me think
 
It feels better to me, than the most expensive mink
 
I love my skin, and for every reason you might think
 
Even though through out history it has caused a stink
 
My skin is a badge of honor, so what makes you think
 
“Do I want to be white” I asked with a laugh
 
Not even if you paid me cold hard cash

© 2008 Jonas Hughes


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To me, I see no color. But I admire your writing, how you are proud of who you are. I wish there was no prejudice. If a man asked you if you wish you were white, I think he needs smacked! God created us in an image he chose and I think we are all beautiful, as well as your poem is.

Posted 11 Years Ago


You just inspired me, if it's ok I will write something called "the color of my skin"; you really made me teary. :O) ---mim

Posted 12 Years Ago


I enjoyed how you began this poem with a question, answered it, and then re-posed it rhetorically at its conclusion. Was using a red font symbolic that we all bleed the same red blood or do you just like a red font?

Posted 12 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Awesome!
You bring the reader into you thoughts, but in the same time educate them on what is really important in this world.
You are you, and I am me and we both have much to offer.
And that has nothing to do with the color of our skin. excellent work

Posted 12 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.


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