Monday, May 22, 2006

now read this

This beautiful poem was SMSed to me by my beloved friend Georgina. It is written by an African kid and was nominated for the best poem of 2005 (don’t know who was the organizer, she didn’t specify). Read it, am sure you will love it:

When I born, I black.
When I grow up, I black.
When I go and sun, I black.
When I scared, I black.
And when I die, I still black.

And you white fellows,
When you born, you pink.
When you grow up, you white.
When you go and sun, you red.
When you cold, you blue.
When you scared, you yellow.
When you sick, you green.
And when you die, you gray…

And you call me coloured??

14 comments:

Chaila Bihari said...

The kid rightly deserve a pat on his/her back. & u bugger deserve one up your arse... sala sobai beloved

Ghetufool said...

yes beloved bihari. i agree with you.

Shuv said...

good one..i was in nigeria for a year and they call white(yellow/brown etc) skinned people 'hoibo' which literally means 'a person whose skin is peeled off'. the concept is that god made us black but for some people the original skin has come off. maybe the 'emanciated and heritage proud' american arseholes who insisted on being called 'african americans' instead of 'blacks' should ponder on this.

SonnyBoy said...

we all are useless

Ghetufool said...

nice info shuv. thanks for that 'hoibo'.

Ghetufool said...

SonnyBoy,
welcome. and i am sure you are not an useless.

M (tread softly upon) said...

very nice.

aklanta said...

That was really a nice piece,
hats off to the kid and
thanks to you

Anonymous said...

That was a nice one. But where are you lost? No post for a long long long time. Miss ur writings very much. Plz post something.

Rijula said...

loved it.
logic man, plain and simple.

aar shunun.
where did u get this book ''the curious icident of the dog..." i have been badly looking for that book.

Anonymous said...

now want to see some thing original from u man.....too much silence these days...

Nautilus said...

2005 you say? I remember receiving this as a mail some where in the late 90's! Its relevant though!

Ghetufool said...

@ on_the_walk,
thanks a lot.
anon 1 & 2,
i will post soon. just was not feeling to write these days. will start with a vengeance...promise.
@rijula,
i borrowed it from the office library. i am sure you will get the book in any good book shop. that's a nice book.
@nautilas,
don't know about the dates actually, whatever my friend smsed me, i posted here.
yeah, you are right...it's relevant.

Matt said...

That's a great poem. I hope you don't mind if I pass it around to friends. I'll credit you.