Mrs. Child and the Sunday School Lesson...Black and white in1960 America

Utah JayStarred Page By Utah Jay, 4th Feb 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/2ugwynn0/
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This is a poem about black and white and how a ten year kid learned of a hate he had no idea existed, as he was brought up to believe we are all the same. That were all equal. It is also a true story.

Mrs. Child and the Sunday School Lesson

Mrs. Child and the Sunday School Lesson

Sometimes it’s when
The emotion of the spot
Is boiled out
That we run headlong
Into a sticky situation.

This is that marbled moment
When we find our selves
Caught between two worlds
And lost to both.
That thin line in time
When we are caught
Standing stilled in the flash
With our big puppy eyes popping,
Begging for the one thing
We should know we cannot have.

An Understandable Situation


But then,
I suppose
It’s an understandable situation.
After all,
It only takes one red shirt
Mixed in with the whites
To embarrass the entire load
Into a lively pink.

And this is something
That we just cannot have.
And it is certainly something
That cannot be worn
To a proper
Sunday morning meeting.

Its Only a Natural Thing


But then, when
In the middle of the mix
You put Boozy,
It is only a natural thing
To expect the whole damned world
To come crashing down
And go rolling to hell
In a handcart.

A black kid
On a white street
In the late fifties!

And I never gave it
A second thought in my naiveté.

With the Proper Vengeance Due


But then old Mrs. Child did
And with the proper vengeance due
Of course,
When she threw me out
Of her Sunday school class

On Sunday the next,
Pinching my ear as she said
“Now uTAH,
Don’t you ever come back!"

"You understand"!

A Learning Experience


I guess
It’s what one would call
A learning experience,
Somehow thinking
We were all the same
And believing it,
Like I once believed
Of all my brothers and sisters.

(And we are all brothers and sisters).
Thanking old Mrs. Child to this very day
For my early desegregation lesson
As she taught me
All about
The essential meaning
Of her god’s love.


Spring 1960
From my upcoming book, “Life in the Shadow of Dogs”

Words and pictures by uTAH jAY except the photo "a white street" which is from Facebook.

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Black And White, Blacks, Race, Reality, Relationships, Religion, Sunday, Sunday School, Whites

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author avatar Utah Jay
I have been writing since the beginning of time it seems, not because I want to write, but because I have too. My favorite form of writing is poetry, all kinds and types of poetry.

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author avatar viewgreen
5th Feb 2015 (#)

Awesome poetry and sure this a true story which has been happened. Thank you for sharing this sir. And of course congratulation for the star page too. :)

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author avatar Harris Mungai
5th Feb 2015 (#)

Congratulations join the star page! Great poetry.

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author avatar Retired
5th Feb 2015 (#)

Excellent!

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author avatar Nancy Czerwinski
5th Feb 2015 (#)

Utah Jay, excellent writing as always! You are the best! I love your dog. Great picture!

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author avatar Utah Jay
5th Feb 2015 (#)

Thanks Viewgreen.

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author avatar Utah Jay
5th Feb 2015 (#)

Thanks Harris.

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author avatar Utah Jay
5th Feb 2015 (#)

Thanks Carmen.

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author avatar Utah Jay
5th Feb 2015 (#)

Thanks Nancy

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
5th Feb 2015 (#)

i love your wisdoms dear Utah...always touch my heart...xxx

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author avatar Carol Roach
6th Feb 2015 (#)

wonderful and poignant and I wish you great success on your the publishing of your book

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author avatar Utah Jay
7th Feb 2015 (#)

Thank you Dear Carolina

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author avatar Utah Jay
7th Feb 2015 (#)

Thank you so much Carol..I'm going to need it.

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