I Am Not

Author: • June 4, 2017 • Poems

© Patrick Emerson via Flickr.com(To Langston Hughes)


Hate has spoken my name;


Hate has spoken my name in the morning without light,

Without stars or sky, where my human warmth is lost.

Hate has spoken my name — and I have answered.


I am not a negro — I was not born of slaves,

Though my world is the taint of being a color;

My heart has grown dark like the rough of my skin.


I have roamed the rim of dead worlds,

I have breathed the perfume of their corpse,

I have run my fingers through the dark rock of their

long sleep;

I have heard hate speaking my name, it has spoken through

Brittle fields aflame, the sharp scythe of its tongue has

Touched me, and has drawn but a line of blood.


Hate has spoken my name;

And I have answered.

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About the Author

Ceciles Writer: D. Mars YuvarajanAuthor: D. Mars Yuvarajan

Country of residence: United States of America

Nationality: British and New Zealand

Mother tongue: English

Mars Yuvarajan is a Tamil New Zealand poet, born in the UK to parents who fled Sri Lanka’s civil war. Moving to New Zealand, Mars was a Naval Officer before earning his Master’s degree studying poetic translation and penning his first collection Night Owl and Other Poems.  He has also published .M.oments (Volume One) andQuiet Songs From Yesterday.  His poetry explores the human condition and the immigrant experience.

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