The R Word
When I was but a growing lad
Soon after start of grammar school,
Grown-ups opined some words were bad,
Unwise to use them as a rule.
Those days, the "F" word topped the list,
Following after that "N" word;
It never occurred we had missed
Abstentions, to others absurd.
Those words are often used today,
In fact so much as to be trite,
Different words are banned to say,
If one desires to be polite.
Racist, a word allowed for blacks,
Caucasian's use discriminates;
They pepper "unbiased" attacks
In hopes its usage incriminates.
The black suggests they understand
The word in all its nuances,
Experience "the" teacher of man,
Without it the rest are dunces.
No slave, speak not of slavery;
No fight, don't walk about bravely;
Never been there, no directions,
Never sugar, no confections;
Never baked bread, no fed belly,
No actor, don't watch the telly,
Never water, don't quench my thirst
Never last, don't try to be first.
A criminal best speaks of crime?
The parolee lectures on time?
Only the sick heal my disease?
Only the blind tells what he sees?
Experience is "one" teacher,
"Walk in your shoes", no help at all,
To "moving on up", a preacher
For places not been, to stand tall,
No handouts or crutches, just grit
And ability. Not driven,
Best foot forward, gumption and wit,
Pride in work... "good life" to live in.
Heard it said, "takes one to know one"
An apt euphemism that rings true.
I know "racist" if you show one
To me! Certes, this he will do,
Filter his world through the race card!
Jefferson, a racist, one said...
By one brush, will the lot be tarred,
All the non-black are racist led?