The Black Man
By Nnagoziem TheVyrus Udensi
Yes! I'm a black man
Does that make me ill?
Infected with contagious
Peculiar to the dark skinned?
If so, let it be tagged, bottled and stored
Since I'm a black man
Do I need an upgrade when I'm looked down upon?
Should I build up my inferiority complex?
I rather stay strong
That's my nature
Meek and Smart
Not condescending, I'm learning
With a generous heart but I'm hateful
With my bare hands, I feed myself
My family; we feed the whole world.
What if I'm a black man?
With strange habits
My taste buds senses different
Am I fierce because of my looks?
I feel fear and shed tears
Yet I sleep in the jungle comfortably
I face lies and harsh truth, joy and soft pain
I see sunshine in a stormy rain.
I still remain a black man
Introduced to a strange religion
They called me a sinner
Am I qualified to pray?
Or would you pray for me?
I pray too, do the gods listen?
Does your gods choose?
I'm midnight black, chestnut brown, honey bronzed and chocolate covered
Cocoa dipped, big lipped, broad chested and beautiful
Is your gods colour sensitive?
So far I'm a black man
Are you worried we share same nature?
We breath the same air
We bleed the same blood
I make love and feel loved
I make kids and breed offspring
I am powerfully respected
Does that bother you?
Really! I am a black man
I've got rights! Surprised?
I'm human, yes! I've got rights
I put my foot down and fight for them
I've marched barefooted in th jungle for them
I cannot be deprived, I earned it.
Can't you see I'm a black man?
Proud as a jungle peacock
Sweeter than the blackest berries
At times, sweeter than you
Despite your hate, it feels good to be me
Love me or hate me, you can't do without me
I've been designed to be happy
I come from nature's field
I am a black man.