On the Question of Race

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They ask me to write down my race, 
 
And I think, and think
 
 And consider writing down the truth 
 
And have my answer read like this:
 
I have a mother who is a rose that has beauty and love
 
She cooks and cleans and has a job
 
So I can eat and sleep in my home
 
Inside this body
 
I have a father who’s like a lion, tough and the leader of the gang
 
He stresses with the thought of surviving another the day
 
Relief hugs me tight to know that I’m safe
 
Inside this body
 
I have a special friend, to get me thru day and night
 
This book is basically the tour guide of my life
 
It gives me certain answers when I’m not sure its right
 
Inside this body
 
But they ask me to write down my race
 
And I think, and think very seriously
 
And consider writing down the truth
 
And have my answer read like this:
 
I have a chicken, home made like TLC
 
Fried chicken on the skillet so crunchy and juicy
 
Smells like a sunny afternoon while it tastes so crispy
 
Inside this body
 
I have a Tongan flag that is a fluttering butterfly
 
It feels smooth with its deep meaning, blood red with pure white
 
White for Jesus Christ’s pure love and red for the blood of Jesus Christ
 
Inside this body
 
Yet they still ask me to write down my race
 
And I think, and I think very seriously
 
And consider writing down the truth
 
And have my answer read like this:
 
I have a tall and brown inspiration, an artist known as Ryan Leslie 
 
Ryan shows some passion, so his fans see his emotion
 
The music is a sling shot when it hits me hard with its lyrics
 
Inside this body
 
I have been blessed with many talents
 
Yet I am only known for one, academics
 
It makes me feel important, and so I love to share it
 
Inside this body
 
I have belief in my Heavenly Father, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Ghost
 
Because many people look down on my religion, it hurts me but I can’t let that stand in my way
 
I live it and stand strong in my belief, with every day, night, and breath I take
 
Inside this body, I am Tongan, Samoan, British, German, and American
 
But I stop,
 
And simply write down Pacific Islander

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