poems

Afro Collective

Read the Nubian files

slavers tested the sturdiness of hard, brown backs

grow into something beyond white

color is important – the darker, the better

wrong to be so narrow minded, but colorism

isn’t a discussion for later

results are blind

personality of a different sort

match the quota

explosive deal

flare for the dramatic

crazy portraits

ever released

shocked into silence

shared love of the black tendrils

create laughter

toughen up the edges

lastly, gather around

for an oral retelling

 

Shirley Luke 

 

 

 

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