I Am a Black Man

I am a black man

Born into controversy

Expected to fail

Statistics say I should be dead or in jail

I beat the odds

Got two degrees

“Your skin is the only reason you got these!”

Out of college and I got a job

“Affirmative Action gave you the nod!”

No kids

Or baby mommas

“You’re still all about the drama!”

Consistently told

“You’re a violent thug!”

But my homegirls say

“You give the best hugs!”

“It’s not hard to be black anymore!”

Thanks for the laugh!

Please tell me more

“You have the same opportunities as me!”

Yet, you think I went to school for free?

You’re so off base with your perception

Your thoughts should take a different direction

See and don’t discount my struggle

I’m not out here trying to hustle

Why do you view me as such a threat?

I work like you to get my check

So let us put aside this hate

Please, help me run this race

All of this because of my chocolate skin

I wouldn’t trade it for anything

I love the skin I’m in

I am a black man

– Author Jarrod Brown

Brown (c) 2015

13 Comments Add yours

  1. danblogs994 says:

    I love this. I love the two voices and I love the way it’s written. You’re a very talented writer, keep up the good work!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Jarrod Brown says:

      Thank you!! I appreciate your kind words. This is the first time in a very long time I’ve tried poetry. It was a nice change from my norm. I’ll be sure to check out your blogs. Thanks again!!

      Liked by 1 person

      1. danblogs994 says:

        Haha don’t mention it, look forward to reading some of your other pieces in future!


  2. shielders anonymous says:

    Yes Jarrod! You are a very talented writer and the way you personalize your pieces add tremendous depth to them. Much blessings to you for being an exception to society’s preconceived norm.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Jarrod Brown says:

      Thank you! I truly appreciate it. I’m starting to like this writing thing!


  3. Eddie Gilliam says:

    Yes I agree with blog follower, you are an excellent writer get it from granddad and your mom. Continue on taking


    1. Esther Graham says:

      Awesome poem that captures the very essence of who you are, how you you feel & are viewed & how many black men are view the same way. I love it!!! It’s well written & truthful!! You should continue to write…. People need to read your thoughts…. It will help them!!


  4. Andre B. says:

    Keep it up my brother!!! You’re a gifted writer.

    Liked by 1 person

  5. thefeatheredsleep says:

    Brilliant writing and feeling

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Jarrod Brown says:

      Thanks! I’m glad you enjoyed it 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

      1. thefeatheredsleep says:

        I really did, gorgeous work!♡

        Liked by 1 person

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