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Wanda Coleman Quotes
|Birthday:||November 13, 1946|
|Birthplace:||Los Angeles, California, United States|
|Educated At:||Stanford University|
|Nationality:||United States Of America|
|Occupations:||Screenwriter, Writer, Poet|
AKA: Wanda Coleman
Birthday: November 13, 1946
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States
Educated At: Stanford University
Nationality: United States Of America
Occupations: Screenwriter, Writer, Poet
five races at war outside time, trapped
in one spindly high-toned body, knobby elbows and knees
the rigorously loving teachings of mom and dad take
root despite media engineering and peer pressures.
the snippy cuttings, mouthy snipings, and cheeky wit
that will soon attend his adolescent defenses have yet
to materialize. right now he knows not to prevaricate
and so, that fall morning when i call him
to me for an ancestral chat, to take him into my lap
don’t be afraid, i say. he takes a few eager skips
that turn into squirms when i grab him and hold him tight
situated in my softness, he relaxes some
but stares at my hands in consternation
this is what happens, i think, when the eyes go against the heart
You’re all mixed up, aren’t you?
Your mother belongs to me. What’s my name?
What do you call me?
You don’t want to like me,
Because I’m brown.
Is it because I’m brown?
Well, that’s okay. I’m going
to be brown forever. Is it
okay if I like you?
then I hug him and let go, wondering
if that’s enough to set him free.”