PAD Challenge Day 14: Let Your Hair Down
Day 14: Pick a popular saying and make that the title of your poem; then, write your poem.
Let Your Hair Down
When you’re black,
it’s hard to let your hair down.
When you’re around the cream,
it’s hard to let your guard down.
You never know if the cream ones
wear white sheets over their faces
and burn crosses at night
while shouting WHITE POWER.
You never know if your brown brothers
and sisters really believe that blood is
thicker than water;
care to cure the culture,
more so than poison the art of it.
WE GOTTA STAY WOKE.
WE GOTTA STAY EAVESDROPPING.
WE GOTTA STAY SHOWING TRUE COLORS.
We are targets that can be
Jammed or gelled easily,
Brush down, then slicked backed,
Pinned or spintz down lifeless on asphalt;
Washed away, strand by strand,
Even when our hands are free
and found cleaned after twisting
and coiling in our natural black roots.