Inspiration found in a Langston Hughes poem

Melissa Russell By Melissa Russell, 7th Nov 2010 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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A poem inspired by Langston Hughes Poetry Cultural Exchange. One day I hope all people see with the same objective and that is color is beautiful

Poetry inspired by Langston Hughes

Poem inspired by Langston Hughes "Cultural Exchange"

I grew up not knowing color,
that's the way it is for kids;
you know they're colored blind, until shown.

When i did learn, it wasn't because i was taught;
i saw how others reacted to you know...shhh...B-L-A-C-K.

I would think how sad is that, because i love black!
So many different hues of black, i was jealous.
White you only white. I could add hints of color,
rouge, shadows, clothes, but it was never my own,
this skin of mine just freckles.

Oh shame, i've known shame,
it's lingered around my neck at times.
The bright red color of shame. I see fellow humans
mistreat their brother, sister, mother, and father.
Who dictates superiority I wonder? Don't we all bleed the same?

Here is my shame,
"i can't change the whole."

I've tried raising my son to see the wonders of color.
Without color we'd live in a dull world,
it'd be like only eating porridge and nothing else...boring.

We've progressed so far, yet the skin we wear
still creates barriers? I'm doing my part though,
i'm seeing with eyes wide open. They're not jaded,
nor do they shy away from the many different hues i see.

As I've said before,"If the color of my skin
determines the person I am, then
I'm dead to you, for I am who I am".


Langston Hughes, Melissa R Bickel, Poems, Poetics, Poetry, Race

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author avatar Melissa Russell
I write because I love it and as the years have passed, I've found my knowledge and skills haven't grown by leaps and bounds.

Poetry is where I spend most of time.

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