Because you ignore me,
Am I that shadow on the ground?
Because you're walking over me.
Am I camouflaged?
Because you deliberately turn your back on me,
Am I alive?
Because you act as though I don't exist.
Am I dead?
Because you look at me as though I'm a spirit,
Am I just a colour?
Because you judge me as though I am.
Am I unwanted?
Because you make me feel that way.
Am I just a fish in the sea?
Because you caught me, but then you let go.
The colour of my skin doesn't defy the person inside,
Whether I'm Brown, Black, Yellow or White;
The words you use to hurt me,
Cannot take away my pride.
All this judgement on other lives needs to stop.
Sad to say that even in a progressive society like the one we have now (at least, compared to say 100 years ago) that prejudices and discrimination still exist in so many forms (and perhaps, even new ones too.) One day we can hope things will change, or even, contribute to the change ourselves.
Your sense of repetition and reason shines through here, highlighting the various ways one feels about being discriminated or seen to be inferior, and then your last stanza does a nice about-face and expresses belief and strength even in the face of adversity. You know you can’t control the colour of your skin, or the gender you wish to represent or whatever, yet you refuse to let that define you.
That takes a sense of courage; a thing people doing the discriminating may not have much of to begin with. Overall, a great showing and a great way to reinforce that people should love themselves regardless. Keep up the fine work!
If only people went by this quote: “Be the change that you wish to see in the world." - Mahatma Gandhi
I had to read this poem in front of my English class during a speaking and listening presentation. At the end everyone seemed shocked and kept asking 'Did you really write this?', but I never thought it was that good (but no one ever gives credit to themselves LOL!)
Again, thanks for the comment and kind words, much appreciated!
A powerful quote for sure. I feel I want to be a writer one day, so this is how I practice; through poetry of different kinds and giving feedback like this. Hopefully it works, after all, I'm still young with a whole life ahead of me.
Hey, clearly you made an impact with this piece. It's nice that you're humble about it, but sometimes, give yourself that bit of extra credit for the work you do. One day it could change lives for the better.
You're very welcome, and all the best.