America’s African Rainbow

There is a saying that goes, “the more things change, the more they stay the same.” I don’t know who penned it, but I’ve had over 50 years to recognize its truth. Even scripture speaks of the repetitiveness of the issues of life:

Ecclesiastes 1:9

The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun.

Is it possible that man is doomed to look at history and make changes that never create real change? I think it’s a good question for those interested in giving it more than a cursory thought.

I wrote the below poem in my 20’s and published it in my book of poetry, Emotionally Charged: A Poetic Journey in the Issues of Life (Amazon, 2016). I think it’s worthy of sharing in our current climate. Enjoy.

America’s African Rainbow

I am a member of America’s African Rainbow

Let our history be a reminder for all to understand and know . . .

Don’t tell me to go back to Africa, a place I’ve never been.

For, I was stolen long ago from the womb of my ancestral kin.

Don’t treat me like an unwanted visitor; America is also my home.

Content in my promise land, the choice to leave was not my own.

For years you’ve given me many hurtful & derogatory names.

Why?  When by default, your shoulders carry these shames.

I am an American African Rainbow; by your hand I’ve become.

Welcome my presence; help undo the wrongs that were done.

I’m a rainbow – intricately woven, polished – varieties of ebony.

Indeed, all must diligently labor to bring about true harmony.

The Issue (Food for Thought): Where color is an issue for some in this world, it has never been an issue with God for he created the colors of the rainbow.

*Use of this poem is prohibited without the express authorization of the author. All Rights Reserved. Printed in the U.S.A. First Edition: November 29, 2016. ISBN: 1530581583 – © 2020 Wanda J. Murry

6 thoughts on “America’s African Rainbow

  1. Thinking on; each generation,when tiring of living under dire circumstances or conditions,demand a change.Change is brougth about for that generation,color is always the underlaying issue to the resistance of change.(Can the Ethiopian change his skin,Jer 13:23a) color is here to stay.Wanda,just March ON; BE Strong !!!!!!!

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    1. Yes … key word is continue … in the things learned; continue in the Word (I love 💕 your wonderful inclusion of scripture- Can the Ethiopian change his skin, or the leopard his spots?); and continue to do what I can to be a voice that creates a bridge, especially amongst God’s children. ❣️🙏

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  2. Wow Wanda! This poem speaks volumes and is so relevant for what’s happening now and what has always happened to black people in America. I felt your words and I’ve felt the experiences that led you to write them. I’ve been there too. We are not renting space. We live here and we belong here.

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    1. I’m so blessed for the multitude of ethnic groups I’ve had the joy of getting to know and develop mutual friendship & community with. The greatest danger for all groups of people is to pass judgment on the entire ethnic group because of derogatory teachings about, or negative encounters with a person(s) of a particular group and then label the ENTIRE GROUP! That’s the fallacy and danger in racism.


  3. First of all, I thank you for your honest, hard-hitting, heart-felt–but not angry or bitter–poem. For years, I wanted to worship with fellow Bible lovers who had backgrounds divergent from my own. I thank God that He has now given me many sisters like that to enrich my life.

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