A Black man looks up at a dark blue light.
A Black man in the light. Photo courtesy of Randy Rooi/Pixabay.

I’m so dark that they call me “Black Shadow”

My science DNA say I’m Black like my afro 

My momma and my daddy so Black that they blue 

Mixed with purple, the world wanna know who’s Blacker than you

 

My skin so dark that it eat up lotion

My skin so Black they wanna keep me from voting

My hair so nappy that it be breaking my comb

My father so Black that he never came home

 

My momma so Black she breastfeeding your babies 

Black science, Black science is the science of slavery

Black past, Black past, 

Black future, Black future 

 

Malcolm X, Martin Luther — the police a shoot ya’ 

George Floyd and all the others 

If you Black, if you Black 

The world gonna make you suffer

 

See, they laugh and joke 

When the lights go out

I’m so Black that I’m broke 

So I can’t fight this bout

 

They call me “Black Recursion”

‘Cause I talk to myself

I’m so dark, I’m so dark 

They say I’m burning in hell

 

They  still call me n**** 

Say I’m the scum of the Earth 

Black science, Black science 

I been Black since my birth

 

My skin so dark that It eat up lotion

My skin so Black they wanna keep me from voting 

My hair so nappy that it be breaking my comb 

And my father so Black that he never came home

BLACK SCIENCE.


Ron Dudley, aka Pookanu, published his first book of poetry, “My Science Project,” in 2019. His latest CD, “Father’s Day,” is available at pookanu.bandcamp.com.