Beautiful Brown Boy: A Poem

Young boy reaches to the sky. Photo courtesy Zurijeta/

Young boy reaches to the sky. Photo courtesy Zurijeta/


Beautiful brown boy

On the ground

Eyes open

Not seeing the rain

Pouring into them

Jaw slack 

Hoodie down

khakis pulled up 

Fastened at your waist

Your momma and daddy

Taught you well

That strangers can be dangerous

Especially those who creep out of the dark

Bearing hate and feeling small


No prom for you

Dear boy

No wedding  

No children

No memories of you and family 

For momma and daddy to savor

Just holes in their hearts to match 

the hole 

In yours

But as God is my witness

Sweet boy

You will never be forgotten


The hate 

That took you away     

Sharon Lea Harper is a psychiatric nurse, writer, and poet. She is also a founding member of the Philadelphia chapter of the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee. 

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