A Poet's Double Life

For poets working outside the literary world.

November PAD Challenge, Day 21

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The Other Side of Vanity

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On the other side of vanity is pride

but not the deadly sin of unearned

grandiosity or haughty laurels some may

wish to place on my head as if I sprinted,

twisted, or punched my way to Olympic gold.

I have seen this pride beam in the face

of brown girls who see my license plate

and in the voice of black men who stop me

in parking lots to shake my hand and call

me sister and the tiny hand of  a little boy

who has touched the coarse hair of the president

and now knows it feels like his own.

This pride comes from knowing that one

can play by their rules and win.

~Pamela Taylor © 2013

Author: poetsdoublelife

Poet and data guru living in Durham, NC.

2 thoughts on “November PAD Challenge, Day 21

  1. I love your work Pamela. This one gave me a full two arms of chills recognizing something I might not ever have known had you not pointed it out this way. Moves me to tears.

    “the tiny hand of a little boy
    who has touched the coarse hair of the president
    and now knows it feels like his own.”

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