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Tuesday, 16 June 2020

Racism/Many Faces by Roberta “Bobbi” Barkley Patterson Sykes

A woman said to me
T’ other day…..
I read one of your poems
About women,
I thought it very good
It didn’t say that you
were BLACK.

Now I meet you and
see that you
I wonder
Why you wrote the poem?

Do they think
we spend
our whole lives
being BLACK
for them?


Date: 1979

From: Roberta “Bobbi” Barkley Patterson Sykes (1943-2010)