Failed Father Figure by Charl Landsberg

Charl Landsberg | February 13th, 2013 | current issue, poetry | No Comments


Uncapitalized by your hatred
I manage just fine
You sick bastard
I manage without your stupidity
And find my love refreshing
My white skin gives me
Undeserved privilege and advantage
But that does not give me the right
To abuse and hate the way you do
You feel you are entitled
And you feel threatened that I do not
You scream at me with your vitriol
Trying to shape me with your fists
To make me like you with your abuse
But I will never be like you
I do not hate like you do
With your angry hands
clenched around my throat
And your vicious teeth
gritted at my soul
And your hating eyes
stabbing at me
And your lustful, arrogant hypocrisy
When you sleep with other men’s wives
Women who are not white
When you rape children
But you forbid me from marrying the black skin
Because this is ‘undignified’
and ‘immoral’
and ‘unbiblical’
I fail to see why I should hate
Model myself after you
The faded white demiurge
When you fail to do the most basic thing
And act like a human being

Poet Bio

Charl Landsberg is a South African academic, activist, artist, musician and poet. His interest surround theology, atheism, homosexuality, poverty, feminism, HIV and AIDS, issues of justice, and occasionally good food.

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