One of the questions on the form is race

the usual question of


white, African American

Hispanic, Asian, other


a worthless, annoying, offensive question

but there it is




it doesn’t say white

which would, at the least, be familiar, if not equally worthless

but Caucasian.


I begin to tick the box

when I pause and think Caucasian?


Really, how so?


I know a little of my ancestry.

As much as one can know.




There was Lucy, back in the day, way back


before beginning a nomadic journey 

from the Dark Continent 

northeast, taking a plagued and wandering route, and exodus

through the Middle East


then regions which now have names 

such as India, the Himalayas, Tibet, China, Mongolia


north again into Putinville

then east to the Alaskan Archipelago

or west through myriad Slavic and Baltic or Scandinavian lands


before taking that metaphoric Eurail Pass 

through the lands

of schnitzel, wooden clogs and windmills, the can-can, tapas


and maybe even north again 

to the oasis of overcooked beef and my dearest north country girl


north and east to, and through, kilts and The Troubles.




It was a Long and Winding Road 

before ending up here

Sittin’ on the Dock of the Bay


here in the land of silicon 

and people like me


and to check that little box feels confining, disingenuous, wrong

so I check other.


We’ll see what happens.



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Written on 2015-03-27 at 16:13

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Funny, I check "other" as well. But that, again, produces more confusing possibilities ☺

in a world that is overpressurised with racism, your poem gives a kind of release

Bookmarking this! :-)

You make such a good point with this poem. How limiting any of those boxes seem to be. How can any of us, human beings of the planet Earth, be confined to one "race." This poem is a true gem!!

josephus The PoetBay support member heart!
I love it! Great wit and great write.


Lawrence Beck The PoetBay support member heart!
That's funny. I can't wait until you get to the "gender" question. On some forms, the possibilities are endless.