Why do you classify me
By this name?
Aren’t we all
Just the same?
This word has killed
So many dreams
It has plotted against me
With many schemes.
This term has undermined
My healthy intelligence
It has caused me suffering
Through your negligence.
Why am I discriminated against
Because of my colour?
Because of your superiority
We had to suffer.
© Bevan Boggenpoel
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