White Lady, why won’t you sit next to me?
My dreadlocks don’t bite, I promise.
They’re not tarantulas out to steal
your purse, so stop clutching it.
Does my appearance scare you?
Maybe it’s the open book
of poetry in my lap, or the Hampton
University alumni shirt I have on.
Maybe it’s the fact that I’m
actually reading the book.
Does my direct eye contact
intimidate you when you see
the open space next to me
is the last seat left on the bus?
I’m just an Educated Black Man.
Why do you fear me so much?
© 2016 Mack Curry IV
Mack Curry IV is a graduating poet in the Masters of Fine Arts in Creative Writing Program at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia. He is a native of Bowie, Maryland, and he currently resides in Hampton, Virginia.