My poem is about how there is evidence of racism between white people and the colored people. I choose to write about this because since I am a person of color it connects to me deeply. Thank you for reading.

Eyes

Eyes, eyes, eyes

Eyes made of gold like blonde white people hair

for the bestest.

Eyes made of bronze for the rest.

Yeah yeah our eyes are not shiny, yellowish, and valuable.

But don’t try to show off your golden eyes because we got beautiful eyes made of made of pools of sweet sweet honey.

Yes, us honey glazed might feud amongst ourselves

But thats because of the pain you caused us.

You took our loved ones and put them in cages like zoo animals.

You killed our brothers and sisters because of their honey glaze.

And because of that harm

We fear

We fear walking down the street without getting shot by an off duty police officer.

We fear getting our family separated from us

Because since they are foreign they are dangerous.

We fear that our sweet honey glaze won’t let us be successful in a golden future.

We fear, we fear, and we fear

But we will no longer fear.

We will stop argueing amongst ourselves and fued for our equity.

Our fear will be what drives us for the better

It might seem like a joke to you golden eye’d folk but when we

Come through you’ll beg for mercy.

And we just might give you mercy because you forgot how dangerously sweet our honey eyes were.

Maybe us honey eye’d were set up to fail in this golden world but

I’m sure we won’t

But maybe we are just a group

Of sad people because we

Have lost too much and that sadness fills up our eyes into darkness because we refuse to not live our best lives.

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Elysia
April 17, 2019 4:46 pm

Dear Martha,
This poem is so moving and it relates to today’s world which makes it so sad yet it is the truth. I like how you took a different approach instead of skin color you did eye color, and you created a feeling of eyes being so powerful.I really enjoyed this poem, your writing is very powerful and I am glad to have been able to read this. Keep thriving.
– Elysia V. #SJSU

Lily
April 16, 2019 1:31 am

Dear Martha,

This is such a beautiful, raw, and creative poem. This really resonates with what is happening in our society today. I love that you made the reference of the eyes between white people and people of color because you also reference the sweet, sweet honey of people of color and it just–makes them sound wonderful compare to white people who seems to be just given their ‘golden’ eyes. Almost similar to saying that they have a silver spoon in their mouth while people of color has to work extremely hard to be safe, to provide protection under their roof, and more.

Overall, I hope to see more of your poetry and that you continue to be creative because that is a gift in itself, Martha! 🙂

Warmly,
LT

Janie
December 12, 2018 4:47 am

Dear Martha
Your poem is very creative, I really like how you related it to the eyes. Something that stood out to me from your poem was the lines “You took our loved ones and put them in cages like zoo animals” because you’re saying that white people are putting us into categories and its very creative how you used similes in your poem. Some questions I have about your poem are why did you specifically choose to talk about eyes in your poem? You had a great poem and it was very creative.

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