Matthew Light 1981 (New York)
Burning, wasted, time flew over.
Another departed love, another chain not broken.
Arched backs swinging the grass over shoulders,
Bleeding callouses, fingers bent with motion.
Beauty of the blackness, hand brushes cheeks,
Smiles left from lips, nothing left of teeth.
Sweat glistening diamonds, rolling down the weathered face,
Wind picks up to blow her hair, Earth’s sweet embrace.
Brutality of the masses, heading for an immanent disaster,
Heads held high with no replies, none left for the masters.
Alone in rooms of their own, writing so others will be learning,
One should notice her wings are there, left bleeding and still burning.
To love is to hate, to pride is to wallow,
Strip off the skin to see what’s in the marrow.
None more regaled or detested,
So much of their time they have invested.
To prove some unworthy of so much praise,
Means to bow down to the ones that they say they hate.
Holding hands and moving far with wings of doves,
The birth of a word, just as certain, more important than love.
About this poem
I decided to write a poem that tries to encompass everything that I have read about the struggles of Black people in America. I wanted to express how there is pain and beauty, hatred and love, all intermingling with each other throughout all of the readings. What I really wanted to convey was that there is two sides to everything. I know the main point is the idea of fundamental dualism, and how it shapes all of this literature. I think the most striking thing was to read how white people spend all of their time hating black people, studying them, laboring over their hatred, so much that it has to be something of love. It has to be a supreme love that they (racists and bigots) do not fully understand or grasp. I wanted this poem to be about the feelings that I felt when I read these books, and how it has made me come to realizations about myself in the process. more »
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