Welcome to Poetry.com

Poetry.com is a huge collection of poems from famous and amateur poets from around the world — collaboratively published by a community of authors and contributing editors.

Navigate through our poetry database by subjects, alphabetically or simply search by keywords. You can submit a new poem, discuss and rate existing work, listen to poems using voice pronunciation and even translate pieces to many common and not-so-common languages.

Rate this poem:(0.00 / 0 votes)

Brown Boy

Brown Boy, I deeply apologize for the sins of our mothers and fathers.

Please accept my humblest apologies for the ignorance they spew.

Brown Boy, please know that you are loved when your family doesn’t.

My generation is supposed to raise kings and queens but right now it seems that a lot of your generation has taken that goal to the next level.

Levels of which I don’t quite understand.

Brown Boy, you are our future and you are our path to getting out of the supposed ghetto that these older people keep us in.

Fight like hell boy and keep us from the nonsense that is the world.

Brown Boy, I see your worth and I know you cry out in pain. I’m here for you.
Sometimes we all forget that our young men and women need nurturing and guidance.

Willful ignorance will never get us anywhere and until the African-American community sees this, well, we’ll be doomed to the same fate every single time.
Font size:
 

Submitted by TheScarletChaser on May 19, 2021

49 sec read
4 Views

Discuss this Andrea Ivey poem with the community:

0 Comments

    Translation

    Find a translation for this poem in other languages:

    Select another language:

    • - Select -
    • 简体中文 (Chinese - Simplified)
    • 繁體中文 (Chinese - Traditional)
    • Español (Spanish)
    • Esperanto (Esperanto)
    • 日本語 (Japanese)
    • Português (Portuguese)
    • Deutsch (German)
    • العربية (Arabic)
    • Français (French)
    • Русский (Russian)
    • ಕನ್ನಡ (Kannada)
    • 한국어 (Korean)
    • עברית (Hebrew)
    • Gaeilge (Irish)
    • Українська (Ukrainian)
    • اردو (Urdu)
    • Magyar (Hungarian)
    • मानक हिन्दी (Hindi)
    • Indonesia (Indonesian)
    • Italiano (Italian)
    • தமிழ் (Tamil)
    • Türkçe (Turkish)
    • తెలుగు (Telugu)
    • ภาษาไทย (Thai)
    • Tiếng Việt (Vietnamese)
    • Čeština (Czech)
    • Polski (Polish)
    • Bahasa Indonesia (Indonesian)
    • Românește (Romanian)
    • Nederlands (Dutch)
    • Ελληνικά (Greek)
    • Latinum (Latin)
    • Svenska (Swedish)
    • Dansk (Danish)
    • Suomi (Finnish)
    • فارسی (Persian)
    • ייִדיש (Yiddish)
    • հայերեն (Armenian)
    • Norsk (Norwegian)
    • English (English)

    Citation

    Use the citation below to add this poem to your bibliography:

    Style:MLAChicagoAPA

    "Brown Boy" Poetry.com. STANDS4 LLC, 2021. Web. 24 Sep. 2021. <https://www.poetry.com/poem/100426/brown-boy>.

    Become a member!

    Join our community of poets and poetry lovers to share your work and offer feedback and encouragement to writers all over the world!

    Browse Poetry.com

    Quiz

    Are you a poetry master?

    »
    "Lady, make a note of this: One of you is lying."
    • A. Bill Collins
    • B. Dorothy Parker
    • C. Ogden Nash
    • D. May Sarton

    Our favorite collection of

    Famous Poets

    »