Sunday, 17 October 2010

Black History Month






just 
remembered

time 
when
 I 
am 
just
 black
Just 
one
 month 
this year.


...I am a black man 
throughout all the days of the year. 
 Please don’t honour me for just 31 days of the year.
Honour me every day and in every way



Stephen Lawrence, stabbed to death for being black
Please don’t clutch your handbag 
when you see me walking 
towards you 
or cross the street just to avoid me. 
It’s alright to make eye contact, nod or even acknowledge my presence. 
I’m probably headed to or back from work 
when we meet…
matter of fact
 the other day I was off to a café with a good book in hand. 


Just 
so
 you
 know, 

want
 absolutely
 nothing
 from 
you 
except 
a little respect 
all the days of the year.

Happy
....to those who still believe 
that one month 
is all we deserve.
Aluta Continua...


by
SirNigel
The first verse of this is a haiku by Sir Nigel (www.sirnige.com) and the rest are his words, I felt they sounded poetic so with his permission, I re-arranged his words into a poem. 
copyright: sirnige
All images jacked from Google, too many to do fotocred.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

A part of black history is the story of Toussaint L’Ouverture from Haiti who fought against the French oppressors and the slave trade. A dramatized clip of his last moments in prison is found here: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm2468184/ This is from the film “The Last Days of Toussaint L’Ouverture.”

KonWomyn said...

Hey Anon
Thanks for the link, much appreciated. I'll check it out.