POEMS: “You call me colored?” by (child poet) Agra Gra

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This poem was written by an African child that was nominated by the United nations for the Best Poem of 2005.

When I was born, I black; when I grow up, I black; when I go in the sun, I black.

When I go in the sun, I black. When I scared, I black. When I sick, I black,

and when I die, I still black.

And U white fellows;

when U born, U pink,

when U grow up, U white;

When U go in the sun, U red;

when U cold, U blue;

when U scare, U yellow;

when U sick, U green;

when U die, U grey;

and U call me coloroured???

by Agra Gra

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6 Comments Add yours

  1. LindaP says:

    And the wisdom of a little child will lead them!

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  2. Bob Cook says:

    i loved this poem way back in the 60s when it first came out you may have changed a couple of words but it is still the same song and meaning

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    1. Oh, I’m so glad you enjoyed it! I was not aware it first came out in the 60’s. It’s quite possible the version may have changed a little, as it has gone around the world quite a bit. Do you have the original version?

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  3. Accept and respect we r all the same so then where is the question of dark skin or white skin. They r simply bodies and who dies only bodies the soul never dies. The poem was awesome written by a small child, Amira.

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    1. Thank you so much dear Kamal! Yes, there is much wisdom in this poem coming from a little child who perceives the world so clearly! ❤

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      1. Yes so true Amira. Welcome dear.

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