Building and Strengthening Neighborhoods and People

White Boy Magic

Ive written an ode
To the wondrous world
Of
White
Boy
Magic…….
So much fantasy
It might as well be fiction in the first place
But this magic
Be hidden in the plainest of sight
Sooooo
Once Upon a Time
this
Ugly ass
Mucus lookin ass
Fetus ass
Fluorescent marshmallow ass
Extra strength hefty bag looking ass
Little boy at my school
Loved to call me
Nigger.
His hard rrr like a magical pirate
that somehow
never dies
Little black beard
Not black enough
Or beard enough
But his words
Still
Sinking deeper in my chest
Until pirate ship turns submarine
He’s almost seventeen
400 years to late
I guess?
For me to be offended
Like the ghosts of pirate ships don’t still haunt the mid Atlantic
Haunt the middle of the hallway
Of my
white
Ass
School
Soooo
The faculty falls
Captain Hook
Line
And sinker
And sOmehow??
Somehow
He’s shapeshifted himself into the
victim
In an attempt to sail the seven seas of severing a friendship with your token blackie
This
Swashbuckling bold bigot boy
Cannot seem to grow up
So I should Neverland on the conclusion not to compare him to Peter Pan
And a pirate at the same time
When he got more magic than the two combined
It’s clear that
Little white boy got
White boy magic
On some tinker bell type tyranny too
Like
He turns Harry Tubman to Harry Potter
Like
His hair is not the only thing
With the special power of not defying gravity
Like
He could suspend himself in the air wayyy before he’ll ever get suspended from my school
Like
Making a prison sentence shrink in the blink of an eye
Like
Becoming invisible to
Corner store employees
Or airport security
Or you know…
The police
Like
somehow apparating to a top university before affirmative action
Like
With the wave of a wand
He can just
Will history away
And I wonder
Why he even bothers to mix with muggles in the first place like
Shouldn’t you be in Narnia?
Shouldn’t you be at Hogwarts or something?
Shouldn’t you be slithering into Slytherin by now?
Committing some
Order of the Phoenix type crimes and whatnot?
Because I mean….
Continuing on as we are,
Ain’t no child like you will be the “boy who lived” for much longer
But…
What is white boy wizardry
To a beating

From a black girl?

Maren Wright-Kerr
(Baltimore Youth Poet Laureate)