Carnegie Mellon University

“My Black, My White”

Third Place for High School Poetry 

Long hair, tall, happy, and thin,
Doesn't matter the color of my skin,
I’m too black for my white,
Too white for my black,
I’ll never fit in,
 
What’s poppin later,
What are we getting into,
Let’s do sumn,
You tryna come through?
 
Oh, nothing much,
I’m safe in my home,
Watching TV,
Playing a game on my phone,
 
I talk too white for my black,
Too black for my white,
No matter how I switch,
It’s never quite right,
 
Flat dress shoes,
Buttons up high,
Nothing too tight,
Always passing my thighs,
 
Jogger pants,
Jordans on fleek,
Everything is tight,
I’m aiming to please,
 
I dress too black for my white,
Too white for my black,
It’s never enough,
Some things I’ll always lack,
 
At the school dance,
Rocking that hip hop and R&B,
Shoot, dab, floss,
Ain’t hard for me,
 
Although I am dancing,
I am sad as can be,
Everyone laughs,
No rhythm they see,
I dance too white for my black,
Too black for my white,
I’m trying so hard,
To get it just right,
 
The streets are quiet,
The air is fresh,
Birds are chirping,
As I take a breath,
 
My hood is loud,
Filled with debris,
Sirens loudly screaming,
Not a place most want to be,
 
My city is too black for my white,
Too white for my black,
I’m beginning to think,
Acceptance is what our society lacks,
 
While reading this poem,
You’ll see what you see,
My race is unknown,
But who I am
is just me.

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