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My Mother Taught Me Color
by Crystal-Rain Love
Friday, December 12, 2003

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Another oldie but a goodie............

My mother taught me color
A lesson I never understood
My mother taught me color
and now I must undo what I have learned
My mother taught me black
and all the evils it presented.
I always saw beauty and dark ebony tones of grace.

My mother taught me white
the pure awe-inspiring color of truth and righteousness
but I could always see specks of dirt

My mother taught me black, white and other.
I’ll teach my children the rainbow
I’ll teach my children of the beauty and variety of all the colors
whereas my mother taught me ignorance.

Copyright(c)2003 Crystal-Rain Love

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Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 9/24/2007
Sad, the damage done by "well meaning" parents. I know of the prejudice of what you speak: some of my family were highly against marrying into another race. My oldest sister went through hell: to me, it didn't matter, as long as he treated her right. He didn't: it wasn't because of his race, he was a jerk!! I know white jerks, black jerks, Asian jerks, Middle-Eastern jerks, Hispanic jerks: no race is immune. A powerful, heartbreaking message you've penned today.

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla.

My best friend was black; I can remember my Gramma telling me not to "play with that N----- girl." My doctor who did my back surgery was black: he was the Air Force's top neurosurgeon at that time. So what if he was black? It's the knowledge in the head and the skill of the hands that matters most....get me started LOL Good on you!!
Reviewed by Ch'erie de Perrot 12/27/2003
I come from an extreemley multicultrual background, and so many of my classmates were as black as pitch. A hoot and a half in class too.
My mother taught me......not to be racist, haha, then when my children ( first three had genetic problems ) what a hue and a cry. We dont speak now, wot is there to say.
Keep on teaching the rainbow, all colours have their place, and all shapes, sizes, creeds, even the so called mentally challenged or physically challenged, tis all the same to God.
Love Ch'erie
Reviewed by Sheila Jones (Reader) 12/20/2003
Powerful words , utterly superb poetry Crystal!

Reviewed by Amor Sabor 12/18/2003
It is good to see that you can see each color of the spectrum as part of the whole. Excellent expression, Crystal.
Reviewed by Jeff Mason 12/18/2003
Unusually profound. Thank you so much for sharing this! -- Jeff
Reviewed by La Belle Rouge (Reader) 12/16/2003
How I love this, outstanding work and message! Beautiful poetry.
Reviewed by Erin Kelly-Moen 12/14/2003
This is delightful, even in its motherly obtuseness, Rain! Special because you retaught yourself color, and are passing that view on. :)
Reviewed by jude forese 12/14/2003
excellent ... children learn from their environ ...
Reviewed by Birdie Houston 12/14/2003
Fine poem great works!
Reviewed by Handsum Hart 12/14/2003
Wow a dynamic write, Crystal.
It's a pure delight to read your poetry, it rocks.

Reviewed by Regis Auffray 12/13/2003
There is a very deep message here, Crystal-Rain; and it is wonderfully expressed. Thank you for sharing this offering. Love and peace, Regis.
Reviewed by Kate Clifford 12/13/2003
Powerful wise write!
Reviewed by Bonita Quesinberry 12/13/2003
AMEN, Crystal! Such a truth and very well presented. Your mother would be surprised to learn that Jesus was black: "as black as Kedar's tents and Solomon's curtains." ~~Bonnie Q
Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado 12/13/2003
terrific stuff, crystal! (((HUGS))) and much love, your tx. friend, karen lynn. :D
Reviewed by Julie Donner Andersen 12/12/2003
WOW~! Excellent poem with a powerful message.

Julie :)
Reviewed by Lady Peg (Reader) 12/12/2003
This is excellent!
Reviewed by *********** ********** (Reader) 12/12/2003
My Mother taught me too.....but the right way, Thank God.

I grew up in an area with a high Aboriginal population…

My mother was a nurse at the local hospital and on weekends used to bring home the Aboriginal babies to share my cot…as they were flown up from the missions when ill and had no family in town.(Some of her friends were horrified *Racist*) Mum didn't care, she said, a baby is a baby....why try to label them a colour..and not just see them as the children they are.

I’ve never questioned colour…I still don’t We are all human beings…even if we’re purple.

A needful write…Good for you to change how you were taught....and teach your Children a better way. An excellent poem!!

Ty, Dani
Reviewed by Retta (Reindeer) Mckenzie 12/12/2003
This was outstanding! I would say, she taught you well, for you knew a better way and went for it, I loved this:

I’ll teach my children the rainbow
I’ll teach my children of the beauty and variety of all the colors

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