Where do I fit in?

White boys Call me a monkey

It’s not a school but a zoo you should be in.

Every day full of drama

“here monkey, have a banana

…Don’t you miss the jungle?

Playing with the other monkeys

All the rough and tumble”

Don’t you wanna go home to all that sand?

Why stay in our country…I don’t understand

Go on it must be like living at the beach

Coconuts and bananas all within reach

Everday a party with all that ooga booga music

If I were a monkey like you I’d definately choose it

Besides don’t you miss your family?..think I saw them on safari

The black girls say

“Don’t think you’re ‘black’ just cos you’re brown”

Always looking at me with a disapproving frown

“You’re dad may be black but that don’t make you a brother

You take less after him and more from your mother”

They called me a coconut

Brown on the outside

White within

I’m only 9 years old, where do I fit in?

Some of the things life has set before me


But mostly a true story


6 Responses to Semiautobiographical

  1. Morning says:

    playful entry, love it.

    Thanks for sharing.

  2. You get it from both sides then. I think this poem is very powerful. It also affirms for me the notion that we mustn’t give a rat’s ass as to what others think of us.

    • Not so much now, but as a child. As a child what others thought of me could be very hurtful but now I don’t give a damn what others think of me…well I guess I do on some level but f*ck it….

      “I do not need anyone’s permission to be my true self.”

      – Jonathan Lockwood Huie

  3. Wonderful take on the prompt. Very moving, thought provoking piece.

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