18 June 2015

White Fog


Had I not been asleep—pretending sleep
so I wouldn’t be called to task by teach
or God—I might have seen the betrayals
over the years oppressing half of our
population—with concentration camps
alert in case I stepped over the lines
of what I'm told I must accept as free-
dom. Now I am awaking willingly

and feel so dumb thinking who’s white escapes
the limits white supremacy set for
non-white peoples.  I said the word three times,
the double u word that keeps me in chains.
I see them now, both outside and inside
of me, wound tight all right.  No one’s untied.

Copyright © 2015  S.L.Chast
Entered in WD competition


Sherry Blue Sky said...

"What happens to one, happens to us all." I love "I am waking willingly." Loved Obama saying that these type of events dont happen in other developed countries. I fear much more of this lies ahead, given half of the country is determined freedom is "the right to bear arms." Sigh.

Vandana Sharma said...

God made us equal but we only divided us.

Sumana Roy said...

I cannot remember a time when there wasn't bloodshed in any country at least according to history...It's sad when the mass feels powerless..."the double u word that keeps me in chains."...the line is so full of tears and angst...a moving poem...

Anjum Wasim Dar said...

Universe is full of color light reflective and real...one color supports all..and merges to make a rainbow...if you are called and are willingly awake ..go forth ..you will be guided to bring peace and calm...spread the colors of harmony and erase the darkness of ignorance..the pen is mightier than the sword....

Brother Ollie said...

powerful peace - it provokes much thought - may the fog lift!