National Poetry Month–Pat Parker

Once again, it’s April and it’s National Poetry Month. You know what time it is:

Have you Ever Tried to Hide?-Pat Parker

Have you ever tried to hide?

In a group

of women



slide between the floorboards

slide yourself away child

away from this room

& your sister

before she notices

your Black self &

her white mind

slide your eyes


away from the other Blacks

afraid-a meeting of eyes

& pain would travel between you-

change like milk to buttermilk

a silent rage.

SISTER! your foot’s smaller,

but it’s still on my neck.

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