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Man Of Color
by David Lester Young
Monday, March 18, 2002

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He stood his ground tall in stature
So full of life was he that he shined within
So much that others were drawn to his sincerity
In warmth he captured the bigots of time
Never a word of superiority left his lips
Just a truthful blessing to carry you on

In an understanding of listening to you grow
The hostility of some got tempered with smiles
So as they talked of their hate, he conquers them in peace
In a gift from God his words hypnotized you in his understanding
So much that his color faded from his face

In a friendship he shook your hand
In the faith that really lies deep in all of us
For you know if harm should ever threaten you
The color of his shadow would come to fight beside you

This man is so special that when he looked at his reflection
Rainbows caressed his skin in that faith that made him pure
Like another one that does not see color to enter his gates
So if you see your own reflection in only one color
Then the bruises of reality has shaded your eyes shut

Some may ask well what color was he
Does it really matter, for it did not matter to him
Some will say he is black, does he have to be
Others will put on him some other tint of history
But his world lives right now in the ones he touches

Some will say they are not prejudiced
But he would exclaim we are born to battle it
In the names of races, creeds, religions, origins
And a million other criteria’s of humanity
Even with the constitution of one country as diverse as ours
It will never be legislated out of existence

The only power you have is to let differences fade away
From the faith within to learn to respect others
For the bum you curse at today may be the gatekeeper
To that final resting point
The only place truly free from hate

Note: The “Women Of Color” are a force to be reckoned with, in any nation, for they start the beginnings of change. They even have the cosmetics to camouflage their work.

D.Lester Young (03/18/02)
Tuscaloosa, AL
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Reviewed by jude forese 3/19/2002
truely enjoyed this poem...
Reviewed by Robin Labenberg 3/18/2002
Powerful writing and the note
Reviewed by E T Waldron 3/18/2002
Exceptional writing...beautifully expressed
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