I Am, Enigma in Black

Raised to walk in two worlds

Speak multiple versions of the same language

Changing sometimes for the audience

Sometimes not

 

 

I am…

Enigma in Black

Probably an enigma anyway

Doubly so because I’m black

 

Raised to walk in two worlds

Speak multiple versions of the same language

Changing sometimes for the audience

Sometimes not

 

Taught their history

Searching to find mine

Their version keeps getting softer

Making the truth less harsh

Mine gets harder to find

Thankful for the elders who don’t forget

 

Rules always changing

Results the same

Slavery, Jim Crow, Black Codes, Literacy Tests, Voter Suppression, Gerrymandering, Mass Incarceration

Rules always changing

Results the same

 

Many roles

Brother, Father, Grandfather, Friend

Teacher…

Making sure the next generation learns

What the books won’t tell them

Enigma in Black

Author: enigmainblackcom

William Spivey is a regular contributor to the Inner-City News where he writes about politics and popular culture. He also blogs as “Enigma in Black” where he explores poetry, religion, politics and all manner of things socially relevant. He is also a contributing Blogger at Together We Stand He is the founder of the Facebook pages Average Citizen Forum, Enigma in Black, and “Strong Beginnings,” the title of his soon to be released Political Fiction/Romance novel. William was the winner of a University-wide Essay Contest while at Fisk University titled, “The Value of a Liberal Arts Education. He holds a B.A. in Economics from Fisk and resides in Orlando, FL. His goal is to make his voice heard and make a difference.

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