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Because I Am White

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Below is the poem entitled Because I Am White which was written by poet Richard Lamoureux. Please feel free to comment on this poem. However, please remember, PoetrySoup is a place of encouragement and growth.

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Because I Am White

Born to privileged status
All because I am white
How would life be different
if I arrived black as night?

Would I live on the streets
trying to survive?
Would I have work
or a car to drive?

Would Justice be blind
when it came to me?
Or would it be the color
of my skin it would see?

Would I understand a world
where progress is slow?
Where I'm judged by appearance
Instead of what I know

For me it's impossible
to fully understand
Living my life of privilege
I am still a white man



Entry 2
Red Detergent

I washed my soul, to achieve maximum Brightness
Used all the best religions, they promised Whitness

I scrubbed realy hard but couldn't get it clean 
Washed it over and over like a good human being

The stains seemed permanent there before my eyes
Would my hope of Whiteness ever be realized?

I listened to Jesus knocking, then his quiet voice
He offered Red Detergent, as the best choice

blood that was spilled, his life sacrificed for me
The Lambs Whiteness, has made me stain free


Entry 3

The Whitness

I read your words
I try to comprehend
Ideas so complex
My mind starts to bend

I can't stop thinking
I am stuck in a trap
It's driving me crazy
I want my brain back

Sinking and sinking
I can't take any more
Poetry in motion
Eating at my core

Wait I see the answer
I'm not under attack
You provided the Whiteness 
To help guide me back

Entries for the "Whiteness" contest

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  1. Date: 7/30/2014 8:56:00 PM
    i think the middle entry was awesome! all of them well done, but the middle that rocked. cool :)

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux
    Date: 7/30/2014 11:10:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks Casarah, these ones didn't make the winners list but I am still glad I wrote them. Also thanks for commenting on my smile poem, your visits bring me a smile.;0)
  1. Date: 8/28/2013 12:02:00 PM
    really really like the first entry on here. it shows a ton of compassion.

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux
    Date: 8/28/2013 5:06:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks Pat, I appreaciate the visit.
  1. Date: 11/17/2012 12:47:00 AM
    I hope you'll be THE winner of this contest, Rick! For such rare honesty, empathy and wisdom, rare open mind and I always felt this big, big love of Humanity in all your work and comments! You are a blessing! Keep on being an writing this way! Blessings, Hanitra

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux
    Date: 11/17/2012 6:55:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    So nice to hear from you. Thanks so much for your kindness towards me. You are the bringer of smiles.
  1. Date: 11/14/2012 2:27:00 AM
    I love this poem, a bit much reminds us that discrimination still exists and the way you express it in words makes me more introspective and grateful about everything which already in my path. Truly a touching poem. Thank you for sharing this poem to us :) - Regards, Yanny

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux
    Date: 11/14/2012 7:19:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks Yanny, I appreciate your introducing yourself. I will go read some of your poems to get to know you better.
  1. Date: 11/14/2012 1:54:00 AM
    Lovely introspection Richard! It's truly difficult to imagine life in an alternate universe. I love the way you've used questions to reflect on the theme. Well done!

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux
    Date: 11/14/2012 7:24:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks Vicky, although I realize that this is not fully the life that all are living there are far to many who have this reality or far worse. If one person remains chained all are responsible.
  1. Date: 11/13/2012 5:50:00 PM
    There is beauty, empathy and compassion here,Richard. We complain about how sick the world is...yet it is so plain to see that loving our brothers...walking in their shoes makes us realize that we're not so different at all. Well done. Always, Annalise

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux
    Date: 11/13/2012 10:18:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks so much, for commenting I appreciate you reading my poem. Cute picture, is that a picture of your daughter? Her smiling face brightened my evening.
  1. Date: 11/13/2012 4:42:00 PM
    One that is very expressive with truth penned in its lines..We all in America are priviledged above so many other countries whose citizens live on such a low income..I am glad that I chose this one to read today..Thanks for stopping by..Your comments are so uplifting..Sara

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux
    Date: 11/13/2012 5:07:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks Sara, you have made my day!