Friday, 28 September 2012

Black History Month poems

Black History acrostic

Brave men and women doing extra ordinary things

Lots of love to share with one and all, is their song

Always putting others’ needs before theirs is their feat

Checking that ethics is the order of the day

Knowing that time will be the judge of all

History celebrating efforts and achievement of the great

Inspiring tales which guide others to keep on the straight and narrow

Sometimes easier said than done

Tomorrow comes with its own challenges

Other people’s interests weigh heavily on the mind

Rallying around good causes is no bother to care about

Yielding to inner pressures in choosing between right and wrong and getting it right; doing the right thing even when others cannot see.


What black champions do with their gifts

Muhammed Ali, he had a gold medal.
He threw it in the river to make a point.

Nelson Mandela, he had strong anti apartheid speeches
He was forced to take these behind bars for 29 years, becoming president after that.

Martin Lurther King, he had a dream of all little children playing happily together
He gave us utopia to aspire to.

Mary Seacole, she had bottles of herbs
She took them to the Crimean War to make injured soldiers better.

Olaudah Equiano, he had a chiefly tale to tell in the slave quarters
He put these down on paper for generations coming by.

My teacher, she has the gift of the jab
She takes it to telling black history from the beginning.

Me, I have a colourful imagination
I don’t know just what I’ll do with it yet.


Do not let others dress you in princely robes that aren’t yours. They will surely be taken away from you in time and the brethrens you betrayed along the way will be watching.

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