Poème à mon frère blanc

Léopold Sédar SENGHOR 1906 (Joal-Fadiouth) – 2001 (Verson)



Cher frère blanc,
Quand je suis né, j’étais noir,
Quand j’ai grandi, j’étais noir,
Quand je suis au soleil, je suis noir,
Quand je suis malade, je suis noir,
Quand je mourrai, je serai noir.

Tandis que toi, homme blanc,
Quand tu es né, tu étais rose,
Quand tu as grandi, tu étais blanc,
Quand tu vas au soleil, tu es rouge,
Quand tu as froid, tu es bleu,
Quand tu as peur, tu es vert,
Quand tu es malade, tu es jaune,
Quand tu mourras, tu seras gris.

Alors, de nous deux,
Qui est l’homme de couleur ?
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Scheme ABBBBB ACAXDXXC DB
Closest metre Iambic pentameter
Characters 500
Words 98
Stanzas 3
Stanza Lengths 6, 8, 2

Léopold Sédar SENGHOR

Léopold Sédar Senghor was a Senegalese poet, politician, and cultural theorist who, for two decades, served as the first president of Senegal (1960–80). Ideologically an African socialist, he was the major theoretician of Négritude. Senghor was also the founder of the Senegalese Democratic Bloc party. Senghor was the first African elected as a member of the Académie française. He is regarded by many as one of the most important African intellectuals of the 20th century. more…

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