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dVerse — Black History Month — My Name is …….

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I chose Maya Angelou’s (profound) poem to pull inspiration from:

Harlem Hopscotch
By Maya Angelou
One foot down, then hop! It’s hot.
Good things for the ones that’s got.
Another jump, now to the left.
Everybody for hisself.

In the air, now both feet down.
Since you black, don’t stick around.
Food is gone, the rent is due,
Curse and cry and then jump two.

All the people out of work,
Hold for three, then twist and jerk.
Cross the line, they count you out.
That’s what hopping’s all about.

Both feet flat, the game is done.
They think I lost. I think I won.

8               8           8            8

 

My Name is …………..

Heraynimis Camoakay Johnson
aka for friends and family Heca Bay

Jonastius Fukanooka Smith
aka Jonz

Charmanaria Pookay Blackmon
aka Champoo

Oh how they hate us
Oh how they laugh
“Damfoos!
Name your kids
Bill, John, Sally, Susie
Give them a chance
With the right name.
They may be black
But give them a white name
And I may hire them”

To clean my toilets
Or shine my shoes.

Oh how we laugh
As they ask, “How do you spell it?”
And the mistakes they make
Ten spellings in the database
Easy to confuse them
We act offended
But we are laughing inside
You gave us no choice
You’ve taken it all
You’re calling the shots.

The one thing we call our own.
We choose it.
We spell it.
We toss the nasty biscuit
You bite on.
You will never know our
Real ones. Our names
On your lips would be
Too much to ask of us.

Anmol (alias HA) is today’s host of dVerse.  Anmol says:
Welcome to dVerse Poetics. This is Anmol (alias HA), and today, I am prompting you all to write a verse, short or long, free verse or form, taking inspiration from [the selection of] poets and their poems.

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