my people were treated.
Sorry the only thing that sparks
my interests is Black literature.
Sorry that I'm more scared of whips
Sorry that I relate more to darkness
than the sun.
Sorry for the way my hair gets nappy
after it has been wet.
Sorry for the way I glare at you when
you raise your head.
Sorry about those times I rolled my
eyes at you.
Sorry about those times I forgot to indulge you.
Sorry I only care about my people's
Sorry you only care about your people's
Sorry that my skin is just a little
browner than yours.
Sorry my patience wears much
thinner than yours.
Sorry the word, "nigga," bothers me
Sorry I continue to bring up
I'm sorry for being so sorry, you see,
I'm only this sorry cause that's how you taught
us to be.
LJ Hughes is a young, Black poet, from Seattle, Washington, striving to inspire and change the world through his passion for poetry, the arts, and social change. LJ’s work has been published in The Espial.