Adjectives (Nat Poetry Month 15/30)

Adjectives (Nat Poetry Month 15/30)

Black
White
Asian
Arabic
Hispanic
Mixed
Other
Biracial
Urban
They say it like if it’s chic
but black
it’s got to be “urban”
categorically defining
limiting
boxing you into a label
so they can
judge you
comprehend you
instead of getting to know
you
Categories are ways of avoiding
adjectives
so instead of intriguing or unique
No that’s just “black”
as if that’s enough to define your way of being
If white did this it would be called
daring, creative, bold
but no you’re more “latino” so
that’s just how “they” do it
What’s passionate, powerfully delivered,
isn’t all of that
No, her presence is just “Arabic”
Categories block appreciation
So next time you see someone with a little brown
on their skin
if you’re gonna take the time to listen
then choose the right
adjectives.

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