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:
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