Black vs White

This is a mail I got from a relative. Apparently, this poem was nominated by UN as the best poem of 2008:
When I born, I black
When I grow up, I black
When I go in Sun, I black
When I scared, I black
When I sick, I black
And when I die, I still black

And you white fellow

When you born, you pink
When you grow up, you white
When you go in sun, you red
When you cold, you blue
When you scared, you yellow
When you sick, you green
And when you die, you gray

And you calling me colored?

Netika Lumb

14 comments:

A M said...

Wow
amazing!!!
I will not call it the best,
but ya very creative and innovative thoughts

яノςんム said...

the author need an applaud!!

muthu said...

the idea is simple and hard hitting.... who is the author of this piece??

Netika Lumb said...

@ AM,

In drawing attention to such a sensitive issue, I guess this is the best I've read.

@ Richa,
You bet he/she does..

@ Muthu,

Unfortunately I don't know.. But I shall soon find out.

Femin Susan said...

Wow, you have a great poetic heart! Keep up the great posts….. Good job!

comfortably numb said...

super:)

BrownPhantom said...

This was new :).
Good find.

Towards reclamation said...

i have read this one more than 2 years back .. i think it was written by an african kid 8 or 9 years old ... in some camp organised by UN

Netika Lumb said...

@ Sidharth,

An 8 year old kid??? You sure, right? I mean, it's strnage you know. Considering the depth of the poem and all that..

Kartz said...

Yeah, ve read this before. Riveting. Yet poignant. :(

Peace.

Towards reclamation said...

yep .. it won an award ... notice hw simple the lines are and nt really correct

DJ Naik said...

smriti if u would have used grammer tht would be great

Netika Lumb said...

@ DJ Naik,

Who are you referring to?

Uncertain Princess said...

very creative yar,me loved t:)

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