And Sure Enough, She Was!

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Non-Fiction  |  House: Booksie Classic

I swear I never noticed!

And Sure Enough . . . She Was!

 

By Alexander Guinevere Kern

 

C - 1978

 

Alberta, my friend,

We were comfortable as sisters.

She teased me, called me

“The Alien" to politely excuse

My eccentric life course,

And what she regarded my curious

Obliviousness to the Turning World,

On which Humanity sprouted,

(I imagined)

Like Cracked Stars on a Rusty diadem.

 

Alberta being one of the Luminaries

I had known. I admired her

Royal Posture, her incurable mirth

The same office fed us - 3:00 pm

 

Break Time. We primped our reflections

In the Ladies’ Lounge, Albie poked

My side with the pointed end

Of her rat tailed comb, and

Asked me, “Why are you so untuned?

Why have you never mentioned my Blackness

For instance. Double dating, each armed

With a man of Caucasian Persuasion

Yet you never noticed one-quarter

Of our quartet was Carbon Colored!”

 

I stared at her and said, “You’re BLACK?”


Submitted: October 17, 2021

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