Mr. Africa Poetry Lounge!
Black Boys Play the Classics
The most popular "act" in
is the three black kids in ratty
sneakers & T-shirts playing
two violins and a cello --Brahms.
White men in business suits
have already dug into their pockets
as they pass and they toss in
a dollar or two without stopping.
Brown men in work-soiled khakis
stand with their mouths open,
arms crossed on their bellies
as if they themselves have always
wanted to attempt those bars.
One white boy, three, sits
cross-legged in front of his
idols --in ecstasy--
their slick, dark faces,
their thin, wiry arms,
who must begin to look
Why does this trembling
A: Beneath the surface we are one.
B: Amazing! I did not think that they could speak this tongue.
Written by Toi Derricotte
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