Friday, February 02, 2007

Poem #33 of 365

mama, say Abdullah
don't be sloppy
with his name
it's not abdoo--
that is just not the same,

mama, stop slurring
calling asians like
they're rugs
they aren't oriental--
uh, are you on drugs?

mama, don't say the
n word unless you
ready for consequences
it's time we made some
bridges instead of
building fences

mama, say a different word
and substitute a few
extra others
cuz old-time thinking
makes your mouth so crude:
you talking 'bout MY brothers.

so, mama, if you choose to
speak with those hurtin words,
please do so at least 10 steps
from me
cuz i won't be debited for your
and though they say the apple
never falls far from the tree,
this piece of rebel fruit
proclaims RESPECT
can help begin
to set all people free.

copyright 2007 tammy melody gomez

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