Boxes of Blood

We are color-blinded by race
and obsessed with sex
a society of half truths
where people skim by

indifferent
to the divides
placed
categorizing them in groups
averaged out on paper.

We follow the order
as the instructions say
and check the box
that applies to us.

There are boxes with color
and labels of culture
but no American box
for the multi-racial.

No box for my blood
a mix of races and cultures.

No box for my heart’s first choice

but still check a box,
the label you were marked
at birth.

I check white but sometimes not

©River Urke 11/13

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3 thoughts on “Boxes of Blood

  1. The societal biases that have been put in place remain even though claims are made that such issues are not important…so why then the box? Glad to read a post from you again.

  2. This is Incredible! it reminds me of a Beastie Boys lyric, went something like “when the form asked what race, I wrote human” this piece needs to be spread, it needed to be said!

  3. Yes, it,s sad that we,re expected, & programmed to categorize, & fit ourselves into one thing or another, ! Instead of being made to feel that it,s ok & accepted to ” just be”‘ & hopefully, someday, that psyche will come to pass to all mankind,!

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