Word on the street,
a black Man is in town.
Who is he looking for?
What does he want?
Curious minds chatter
trying to network
to find an answer
Oh! he makes first contact
with one of the ladies
and it is assumed
he is a womanizer.
A bad impression is spread;
plans to kick him out begins.
He leaves the following day
and words spread again
that the black man
was kicked out
Without bothering to verify
curious minds find an answer
but in reality
he was just a lost black Man
looking for direction
in China town
and asked the lady
who alone understood English.
Happy Eid al–Fitr to our Muslim friends.
24 thoughts on “Misconception”
That is a great social commentary on false perceptions and racism.
I would offer another perception…This is just a thought that went through my head as I read this.
The voices of suspicion talked to the black man as he walked through the unknown world looking around. He could only imagine what the people around him were thinking. When in reality he was no more than an oddity to the scores of people of which a black man was a rare sight at most, who was forgotten just as soon as he left and never given a second thought because there are lives to be lived.
Just a thought Emmanuel…different views bring enlightenment. Peace be with you.
spot on….lordy…absolutely bang on…i have lived in this place and saw the bigotry first hand…as always you have a great way of putting over such tough subjects…well done…pete
this was really nice and warm-hearted – so often we assume sth without having all the facts..
Good story.. and kept me engrossed trying to find out what happened. Thanks for sharing…
ॐ नमः शिवाय
Om Namah Shivaya
I appreciate the issue you address of misconception
I also appreciate the delivery – poignant
I can see the pain etched on his face
Lovely for One Shot
smiles always from the Moon
Bias is what drives us and this society crazy!! Your poem reminds me of a scene from this TV series “Lost”, where William (one of the characters) asks something in English to Sun (another character in the series).. and how Sun’s husband misinterprets the situation!
Alas, we shall never rid ourselves of this skeptic and suspicious nature of ours… (sigh)
A cool poem telling this sad tale, Em..
“Misconceptions” don’t get me started. “sighs” it stems from ignorance. great message conveyed… 🙂 JH
Very true! People are always ready to assume the worst about others. (Which says far more about them)
Nice One Shot!
I loved it..
–Someone is Special–
Lol, this poem gave me the giggles,
Liking the flow, and the layout.
Great punchline at the end n_n
Jumping to conclusions is a terrible thing.
i like the ending quite a bit 🙂 nice!
this was brilliant emmanuel. ha ha! just loved the climax. poor guy. it sounds so like indian society too. 🙂
i guess its the human syndrome irrelevant of country or society.
A lifetime of trying to put my belief in no more prejudice in place has not assuaged the situation. The fear of strangers seems to flow through the genes; the need to huddle in clans, cliques, and clubs grows stronger. Perhaps this hideous quality of the human beast is just a psychological insecurity that stems from having been prey to larger animals but with education and with some enlightenment, I continue to pray for it to go away. Thanks for a strong work that shows that need.
wow that lightened my mood a bit.. Gossips around here are awful
What a great truth there is in this poem. I love the reality revealed at the end.
Mine is here. http://razzamadazzle.wordpress.com/2010/11/16/sorry/
Thanks for this poem. Prejudice appears in so many insidious ways.
beautiful description of misconceptions.
a segment of information certainly could not tell all..
a past error could not demonstrate the whole story as well…
thanks for the inspirations.
Perhaps you did not intend this —but it made my heart ache for who in the end is really the “Lost” soul, the man seeking understanding in life or those in denial?
evocative and profound statement.
Oh how we jump to conclusions wihtout knowing all the facts. A very strong one shot, Emmanuel!
Nice work about mis/perceptions. Good stuff.
wow! I really love this poem. Ending made me smile. Nice job! :]
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