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


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!


  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


    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?


  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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