Soft Targets ……. for Black Girls


He was arrested and detained

for nailing Barbie doll heads

to telephone poles.

He was beaten

while in custody, accussed.

After healing, he resumed

his irrverent campaign,

this outlawed spook terrorist

continued hammering horse nails

through Barbie heads

and setting them aflame.

Barbie never told Black girls

they were beautiful.

She never acknowledged

their breathtaking Negritude.

She never told them

to possess their own souls.

They were merely shadows

clutching the edge of her mirror.

Barbie never told Black girls

they are beautiful.

not in the ghetto evenings

after double dutch,

nor in the integrated suburbs,

after ballet class.



essex-hemphill

Essex Hemphill



Peace, Tenthltr2u

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