April 2018 Poetry Feature: Esther Hart

April 2018 Poetry Feature: Esther Hart

White America


You were

Uprooted

Torn from

Home

 

And Now...

 

"Home"

is Where 

You are:

 

Abused

Displaced

Bruised 

Disgraced

Murdered

 

The rest

of us

So easily

Forget

Why

 

You learned

To hide

Hide to

Survive

 

We wanted

Only

The parts

we could

Modify

And make our

Own

 

We've forgotten

you;

Your pain,

your history

 

Or perhaps

We never

Noticed

 


White Proselytizing


I am a product

Of the Great

Western Enlightenment

 

I value intelligence

I am civilized

I am righteous

 

The good news is

You can be civilized too

Because I care about you

 

I am so generous.

Let me save you.

 

You’re welcome.

 

Watch me.

 

  Wear your hair like this.

 

Walk

Talk

Pray

Think

Like me

 

Put on these clothes

This is presentable

 

No, not that.

 

Now you’re getting it

 

It’s okay, let me help.

Let me show you how to do it.

 

Try this.

 

An-nun-ci-ate.

Chin up.

Change your name.

 

Watch me.

 

This is the right way to

Behave.

You’re doing great.

Now go show your friends.


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