what does not belong?

what does not belong?

A Poem by Tinasha LaRayé



Something in this picture

Does not belong


It is not the gay boy in the back

With his head down

With wet rain resting on his cheek bone


It is not the girl with blue-eyed skin

With her wide grin

With pain so obvious on her lip & hips


It is not the black boy hiding

With his pride down

With shifting untrusting eyes of blank


It is not the best friend on the side

With her voice warm

With comfort, hugging thoughts of suicide gone


It is you


Your words and your hurt

Your stares and your quirk

~This confessional Snodgrass~

Your impressionable silent cast


Of hate


Something in this picture

Should be erased

Not his race or her face or his taste


But, rather, something in this heart


With love…with grace


With adequate Christian space

to let go of this poisonous snake

and embrace the displaced, disgraced, debased


whose house is right next door to yours

in the picture

with the picket fence

and the gate is open

and the door is unlocked

and ready for change to knock


something in this picture

does not belong


remove yourself

or turn the knob


come on in

and be welcomed home,

my friend

© 2010 Tinasha LaRayé

Author's Note

Tinasha LaRayé
a revision...does it work?

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Woaaah...I'm in school, this scene is all too familiar to me. I like it. Not the topic; the poem. Good work.
Take care

Posted 10 Years Ago

I like your voice ~

Posted 12 Years Ago

Definately works-- I really like the message, it's very clear and understandable.
Words that need to be heard.


Posted 12 Years Ago

I think it works! Simply put but elegantly stated.

Posted 12 Years Ago

This is a lovely poem, I could see the picture and all its components as I read it and it was immense, thanks for sharing!

Posted 12 Years Ago

the last line, in my opinion does not connect with the preceding flow, otherwise I find this poem interesting.

Posted 12 Years Ago

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6 Reviews
Added on October 4, 2010
Last Updated on October 20, 2010
Tags: bully, suicide, pain, hatred, racism, sexism, bigotry


Tinasha LaRayé
Tinasha LaRayé


I am because my mother birthed me my father planted me my God created me. Life has unfolded for me in 29 chapters so far with two brothers a smile and a few good memories to show for it. I am because .. more..