Why Can't You Date A Nice Black Man?

 

“Why can’t you date a nice black man?”

Says my dad,



What makes color?

Eyes, or melanin

Or is it all in the mind?



Is it just a perception, or what you want to see?



Does it matter,

Harsh words flung from lips black or white still sting,

The resounding

slap

of hand against a tender cheek

Still draws tears,

pain

and blood.



Blood is still red.



A caress is no better or worse,

no more tender or sweet.

Kisses on lips,

Still cause sighs and swoons.



Love is love,

Love has no color.


Why can’t I date a nice man?

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