KidSpirit

Shades of Shame

Society and the IndividualPoetry

I fled from the land of war
Filled with utmost valor
Found a home in the new land
Where we were offered peace’s hand

When I have no one left
My heart hurts in my chest
I don’t have a guiding light
To shine bright in endless night

I took its hand with great zest
Feeling much blessed
But the land of the free
Was not what it seemed

When I have no one left
My heart hurts in my chest
I don’t have a guiding light
To shine bright in endless night

Being different makes you hated
Your skin color isn’t venerated
They see you and are disgusted
And soon your courage is rusted

When I have no one left
My heart hurts in my chest
I don’t have a guiding light
To shine bright in endless night

Mama shakes her head
Says this water is hard to tread
Scared, she weeps
Tears streaming down her cheeks

When I have no one left
My heart hurts in my chest
I don’t have a guiding light
To shine bright in endless night

So to the racists out there
Of my message be well aware:
Your words hurt like fire
But I will never cry
Bravery will never retire
And I will survive

Samantha Singh is a 12-year-old 6th grader who lives in Plymouth, Minnesota. She loves cats and has one of her own. In her free time, she likes to read, write, and swim.