Get Your Premium Membership

A National Disgrace

I want to write a thing or two about racism A current problem causing quite a schism Perhaps it could be seen through another prism Outside the jaundiced lenses of current activism. My thoughts are my own, not influenced by race, I try not to judge others by the color of their face Never thought too much about anybody’s “place” Always believed our bigotry was a national disgrace. In our little community everyone was accepted Everyone, excepting for the very rich,* were respected All of us by our circumstances were inter-connected Only lawbreakers, whatever their shade, were arrested. When we use words like race and racism in patter When we raise our eyebrows at Black Lives Matter The more we go along with unnecessary evil chatter We serve up national discord on a political platter. We should treat everyone like a family member And when tempted to prejudice always remember We owe to our ancestors, with all due candor, Our place of birth, color of our skin, and our gender. No one of us is any better than the other of us, see, We all have the same inherent rights to be free If someday we stand before a Holy Creator, I guarantee S/he will see no base differences between you and me! [*truth is, I think we did look down on the rich folks, especially if they thought they were better than us poor folk!] Written 3/14/2021

Copyright © | Year Posted 2021




Post Comments

Poetrysoup is an environment of encouragement and growth so only provide specific positive comments that indicate what you appreciate about the poem.

Please Login to post a comment

Date: 3/14/2021 3:36:00 PM
Milton, you summed it up quite well in this great write. Racism and bigotry will always be pervasive not just in this country, but all over the world.
Login to Reply
HANKINS Avatar
L MILTON HANKINS
Date: 3/14/2021 3:50:00 PM
I'm afraid so, Robert. Commonplace...and oh so ugly!
Date: 3/14/2021 2:08:00 PM
Yes, Yes, Yes! It truly is a disgrace that people of color are treated differently. In some Southern towns, it's like the Civil War never ended. I like the way you expressed your angst, Milton! Hugs, Carolyn
Login to Reply
HANKINS Avatar
L MILTON HANKINS
Date: 3/14/2021 3:21:00 PM
Thanks, Carolyn. I truly appreciate it when you read one of my poems and respond positively. It's a nourishing encouragement.
Date: 3/14/2021 1:24:00 PM
Great strong piece so well penned with good imagery and great rhyme too. In a comment you spoke of Bible's words to love the neighbour, interestingly in today's Spurgeons morning and evening daily readings it's on that subject. Take care , blessings, Gordon
Login to Reply
HANKINS Avatar
L MILTON HANKINS
Date: 3/14/2021 1:50:00 PM
Thanks, Gordon. I really appreciate your comments and the information.
Date: 3/14/2021 12:09:00 PM
That part about the rich folk was true when I lived in a small town... But when I've lived in metropolitan areas, almost everyone has been insanely jealous of the rich folk; they get treated like 'gods.' As for race: I've never lived in a place where it hasn't been a problem, small town or big city. Just seems like there's no 'legislating love.' And you can't force someone not to hate someone else either. One more thought: 'Hate crimes' are a bad idea. Murder is murder... Peace, Gershon
Login to Reply
HANKINS Avatar
L MILTON HANKINS
Date: 3/14/2021 1:50:00 PM
Thanks for reading my poem, Gershon, and your comments are well-taken. It's a very difficult issue.
Date: 3/14/2021 5:28:00 AM
“We should treat everyone like a family member.” I am meeting my cousin for supper on Monday. The kids at school used to argue we could not be cousins because of our diverse skin colors. To this I used to say “we are spiritual cousins” which quelled them.
Login to Reply
HANKINS Avatar
L MILTON HANKINS
Date: 3/14/2021 8:02:00 AM
Fantastic! I just wish more folks would take my words more to heart. I believe the Bible says "...love thy neighbor as thyself." Caren, you obviously have a good, good heart! Thanks for all your encouragement.