Poems of Art & Soul

Race or Care? : How We Spell it Matters A Lot
A Poem by Elana Stanger, L.C.S.W. a.k.a. St. Angel

If we keep running the RACE,

We’ll never win,

If we start to CARE,

Let the healing begin.

 

RACE or CARE

It’s up to us;

Let’s choose to CARE

So we may learn to trust.

 

We all ask forgiveness for

Our heinous crimes

“I apologize,” we say,

And it even rhymes.

 

RACE PRIVILEGE is no more,

“Bye, bye,” we say

As we embrace CARE and KINDNESS

Love will light our way —

 

Truth and Reconcilliation

And for ALL a brighter day,

When the RACE will have ended

And we ALL come out to play.

 

— Elana Stanger, a.k.a. Saint Angel

 

It Takes Some Time – A Poem By Elana Stanger, L.C.S.W.

It takes some time

To say “I’m not White”

It takes some courage, too.

To take the wool from off our eyes,

I’ll say it

If you will too.

 

“I’m not White” —

Three simple words

Yet they’d mean so much.

To renounce our privileged class,

They’d say,

And in fairness, become one with the “us”.

 

Now, who is “us”, you’d like to know,

Though I suspect you already do —

It’s everyone that isn’t “White”;

It’s everyone but you.

 

Alone you stand, Alone are we

With our riches and our greed

Yet we can join the rest of “us”

And be a better “we”.

 

— By Elana Stanger, L.C.S.W. a.k.a. St. Angel

Please also see www.TheApology.org.  This website offers a place to apologize for our racism and to heal so that we may bring the brighter day mentioned in the poem above. Thank you in advance!