White men no college

White men no college
never read Virginia Woolf
on the toilet in the morning
early morning, 5 am morning
not having woken up but
never having gone to bed
never having felt that sleep
was safe, or that time was plenty
holding her in hand like a white dove
Mrs. Dalloway on the roof
deck of a bus headed away toward the city
white men no college
will live forever without that scene
will grow old beautifully untouched by ache
dusted with golden flecks of hate;
white men no college
have in their canvas hands
the bald heads of daughter babies
whose eyelashes are infinite
and hold in them a future
empty of trees—perhaps—busy with busses
who might go away, far away, to college
and hold in her pale hands
a borrowed novel, a stream of conscious
a woman she might someday be.

—ECW

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2 thoughts on “White men no college

  1. Great poem. I feel so very sad and filled with fear this morning.

    I stunned, appalled and scared to death of this upcoming Trump Presidency. The KKK is going to be in the White House as of January 2017. I’m old enough to remember the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s.

    The Healthcare law will be repealed, Civil Rights laws be dismantled. This is the beginning of the end for the USA. Every Black, brown, Jewish, Asian, Muslim, Native Americans, Hindu, Buddhist, all immigrants should be afraid. After all a year from now none of us may be here. My brother Stephen has Autism. There goes all the goods, services and programs for Disabled Americans.

    We are going backwards to the 18th and 19th slavery Jim Crow days. My ancestors are weeping. I’m terrified!!

    President Trump will keep his promise to Make America White again.

  2. I can feel us slipping too, but there are enough of us that I hope we can ban together and create a stronger America for the future. The results shock and sadden me as well but I have hope that there will be a silver lining and we will hold strong. As the wife of an immigrant I shudder to think what will become of our country but remember that there are good people on both sides of the aisle and I trust that they will protect us from hate.

    Thank you for your comment and support. I was a little afraid to post this poem but am infinitely glad I shared it.

    Keep Writing,
    Emilee

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