Black & White Sketch in Colour
by Helga Ross
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
Rated "G" by the Author.
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Big Ideas—TV Ontario lecture November 17, 2007
"How Race is Performed Among Mixed Race Women" by Minelle Mahtani.
Reminded me, the lovely mulatto lady I saw, one time, while dining in Chattanooga, TN.
Photo/Link Below: Sade
"When I lay eyes on you
Ay ay ay
You wrapped me up in
The colour of love..."
Creamy linen-skinned, in a certain light,
doesn’t mean self-perceived, and seen as white,
by whites; and blacks count caramel a slight.
A mixed-race woman—is something not quite right?
You’d wonder, too—what sort of exotic?
And she can’t help but see everyone stares,
into one’s own notion of erotic,
for her to disown, or hate that she cares.
And here am I, compelled to do the same—
by the tilt of her eyes, long heavy hair,
bod’ to the bone showing no trace of blame—
the insult to her dignity, I dare.
Well she’s right to mind—why would I do it?
Seldom, I’ve seen someone so exquisite!
© Helga Ross 2007
YouTube: Kiss of Life/Sade
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|Reviewed by Robin Ouzman Hislop
|Hi Helga, sorry we couldn't get the video to stay, as well as her voice,
I can understand the fascination & it certainly comes across in the poem, which imo is both progressive literature as well as exquisite poetry Saludos
|Reviewed by Carmen Ruggero
|Helga, you are unique! I so admire your mind, the way you think, and how you use what inspires you.
"A mixed-race woman—is something not quite right?" It takes a lot to make me laugh aloud when I read, but this line did it. Super!! Beauty is skin deep? So is spirit. It is not about skin; it's about the whole person. Spot on, poet!
|Reviewed by Art Sun
|There is more to the soul than the outer color of skin...your poem brings forth the underlying reality of society...fortunately the mystery of exotic imagination tends to overcome some of the questions and misunderstandings...
|Reviewed by Karen Palumbo
|What seems to be brished aside most by "society" is the simple fact that we are all a part of the human race, designed by God. Think it would be a very sad world if we were all cones of each other, don't you think?? Gone would be the individuality, the uniqueness of being who you are. Well expressed piece...
|Reviewed by Karen Vanderlaan
|a beautiful and well written poem-stunning in its depth|
|Reviewed by m j hollingshead
|Reviewed by Sandie May Angel-Joyce
|Beautiful photo., and a beautiful poem to match!
Sandie May Joyce :o)
|Reviewed by Rebecca Lerwill
|The beauty of your poem reflects the beauty in the woman. Thank you for appreciating someone special!
|Reviewed by Dark Knight
|Breathtaking poetry Helga|
|Reviewed by Regis Auffray
|Timely and worthwhile sentiments well-expressed and shared, Helga. The photo effectively complements the message. Thank you. Love and best wishes to you,
|Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado
|Very nice, Helga; brava!
(((HUGS))) and much love, your friend in Tx., Karen Lynn. :D
Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours! :)
|Reviewed by Charlie
|Having a "colorful" family myself, I really like this poem. --Charlie|
|Reviewed by JASMIN HORST SEILER
|A beautiful picture with a beautiful poem. Jasmin Horst|
|Reviewed by Felix Perry
|The concept of interracial relationships being somthing to hide or ban is no longer an accepted one...we can now love any colour, race or creed we chose and the children of those matings are still just beautiful children one and all...