Life in Black and White

I was black

he was white

So sad and useless

was our plight

Not accepted

in either place

Both afraid

of the other race

Hate and prejudice

all around

for us 

peace of mind 

could not be found

It was the 50’s

this was the way

We’d be family

if it happened today.     Hansi Riley

I wrote this at the end of the 50’s.   it’s not about me, but,  I was having a hard time  understanding the prejudice and cruelty I saw…so I started writing.  I found this poem, stuffed in a folder up on one of my shelves updated it a bit and decided to share it. Things have improved since then, but we still have such a long way to go.  I pray for peace, love and the compassion of all mankind.   Hansi Riley

 Ying and Yang, black and white