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Race Poems

Race Poems. Read and share great examples of poetry about race. This list of poems is composed of the works of modern poets on PoetrySoup. Read short, long, best, famous, and modern examples for race.

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Premium Member What Pronoun You Are
Twinkle, twinkle, Little Star
Who can tell what pronoun you are

Oh so far away in space
No one even knows your race

A paragon of effervescence            
Do you have a sexual preference?

I...Read More
Categories: race, confusion, identity, star,
Form: Light Verse

Inflictions of whiteness
A white Santa showed a child the skin tone of the top brass
A white doll to an innocent black girl contrasts ugliness

A white wedding was beauty redefined as a cloak on a lass
A white Jesus, before we repented, repainted righteousness

A...Read More
Categories: race, racism, religion, religious, rights, satire, self,
Form: Rhyme
Premium Member Still Life in Motion
Time is ephemeral and finite and impermanence my place on earth

I am never perfect but hope to be good enough for this world

My sight has always been poor and I seek insight nevertheless

Knees are beginning to grind and endurance takes...Read More
Categories: race, love,
Form: Free verse
KENYA, my love
As Kenya lay on the floor at Club Envy with her lungs burning and filling up with blood from being shot by an unknown person she thought her life would never end like this.  Kenya's tears started to flow as she...Read More
Categories: race, africa, feelings, for her,
Form: ABC
Flamingos Run Race
flamingos run race
whirring scene of flashing pink
speeding to front yards...Read More
Categories: race, bird,
Form: Haiku

Our life is defined by choices,
Improved by the ones avoided 

Each day making me,
I want to believe 

But what if I had chosen differently,
I wonder what would have become of me

How much of me would be the same,
Or would I...Read More
Categories: race, courage, hope, inspiration, self,
Form: Couplet
Premium Member You make me feel
You make me feel like dreams…
Are being brought to life…
Like the moment that we met…
Ended all my worst strife.

You make me feel like true joy…
Has been kindled in my soul,
Bringing about those precious moments…
Reminding me that my heart is in...Read More
Categories: race, blessing, love, passion, romance, romantic, romantic love,
Form: Rhyme
Downhill dart in a hard rain
Brakes squeeling yielding no refrain 
No line to start
Only a race to begin
Staring at death with a good tooth grin
Worthy adversary
Trophy worth taking
Mimicking the devil
Pall Mall blazing
Fumes fade fast
Chasing destiny on a hairpin turn
Reasons written...Read More
Categories: race, age, allusion, car, metaphor, time,
Form: Rhyme
Premium Member I have been on a journey
I have been on a long journey- 
the road I have traveled has been a rocky one
I have wept my tears 
my sky is often black as ink
in a life of dangerous curves and hanging cliffs
where deep sadness wraps me...Read More
Categories: race, life,
Form: Free verse
Premium Member Out To Pasture
Retirement from community development,
facilitating cooperative economic justice
in this post-millennial time of climate crisis,
feels like being put out to pasture
with the rest of us toothless and feckless horses

Stalking senior centers
and gated communities
to weather the fade-out storm
of physical
and mental,
and spiritual encroaching unease
and...Read More
Categories: race, age, health, horse, integrity, political, power, psychological,
Form: Political Verse
Premium Member Tubman


What colours a heart

What colours a mind

What colours a soul

we carry torches

from station 
to station

We are the Light
We Lead

No colour 
No religion

No epic 

Where is the race?
The race to confusion?

We are One
You and me

We are One
We all bleed

we carry...Read More
Categories: anti bullying, courage, faith, freedom, humanity, race,
Form: Free verse
Shouldn't Be
She sits still
Letting her senses drown out
She looks beyond the field
A glimmer of the sunset recedes,

A light breeze whips up
She pulls her knees up and crosses her arms around them
And closes her eyes,

She sees it faintly at first
It...Read More
Categories: race, boy, conflict, confusion, depression, feelings, hate, hurt,
Form: Free verse
Premium Member The Vanishing Smile
A smile makes all the difference
To a person's day
It costs nothing to smile
So they say
It is obvious it sticks out a mile
There are more people frowning
Than those wearing a friendly smile
What has wiped the smile from a persons face
Is it...Read More
Categories: race, 10th grade,
Form: Rhyme
The Show from Death Row
Eye for eye; tooth for tooth,
Age old key to old hitch,
Justice’s way; known from youth,
Consciences’ vexing itch.

Few know death’s row bower,
Lowly know its bare scene, 
Some escape through power,
Rich blood trumps poor man genes.

Time goes in ticks and tocks,
Hits midnight...Read More
Categories: corruption, discrimination, poverty, power, race, racism, riddle,
Form: Rhyme
Don't forget
Don’t forget ……

Why you’re running so fast?
Look they’re moving faster.
Ok, but what’s the purpose?
I can’t talk now, need to speed up to cover the gaps.
What about your aim, your rationale?
Damn it, it’s a competitive world.
Does it mean, you’ve to follow...Read More
Categories: race, life,
Form: Verse
Fractured bones of the clenched fist
A clenched fist rose in the air filled with chants and gun smoke
All across Africa we marched and our spirits never broke
The power of fingers clenched in a fist cracked walls of discrimination
Then oil unclenched the fingers and we started...Read More
Categories: race, africa, discrimination, freedom, humanity, motivation, uplifting, world,
Form: Rhyme
Premium Member Good, Bad and Special
The Good,                                      ...Read More
Categories: race, friend, love, silence,
Form: Free verse
Premium Member Hearts in Diamonds
Go, run, hurry, chase,
Every jack, king queen and ace!
Crazy social race!!
Fate deals cards never the same!
Many playing a losing game!

Dated 21/02/2020
Tanaka poetry contest
Sponsor Jenish Somadas...Read More
Categories: race, business, money,
Form: Tanka
When Pigs Fly
When Pigs Fly
by Michael R. Burch

On the Trail of Tears,
my Cherokee brothers,
why hang your heads?
Why shame your mothers?
Laugh wildly instead!
We will soon be dead.

When we lie in our graves,
let the white-eyes take
the woodlands we loved
for the hoe and the rake.
It...Read More
Categories: race, discrimination, evil, march, murder, native american, racism,
Form: Verse

Categories: race, life,
Form: ABC
Angel Smile
Pretty eyes on a carmel-colored face
Your touch is smooth as silk
Your arm around my arm makes my heart race
An angel that is honey and milk

When I say you unlocked my heart
Oh my Angel did you open my eyes
A foreshadow of...Read More
Categories: race, appreciation, relationship,
Form: Sonnet
Premium Member Milestones and Moments
Our life is made up of milestones,                                 ...Read More
Categories: race, life, remember,
Form: Free verse
Premium Member A Surprised Death
A happy go lucky guy was he,   
until the "thread" of bad health set in.      
As the many years passed by,            ...Read More
Categories: race, angel, brother, love,
Form: Free verse
Wasting Your Time
Kick up your heels,
you’re in a race against time.
Take the challenge,
it’s a piece of cake.

Don’t put it off till tomorrow
or cross the bridge when you come to it.
Say what you feel.
you know you’re head over heels.

You’re running out of time.
Go...Read More
Categories: race, 11th grade,
Form: Carpe Diem
Premium Member My Lord
This world can be a hard cold place,                                ...Read More
Categories: race, fire, life, me, sad,
Form: Rhyme