Wishing our kids into dreams

by Regis Boff

I had dreams that the black kids did not,
I would have had more than I did
but my parents knew that dreams were wasteful.
The black parents thought dreams were dangerous.
I guess because they had never seen even one that came true
My father’s dreams, if he had them at all, slowly starved.
Ghetto kid’s dreams were mostly stillborn.
White children are obese with dreams,
The dreams of the poor are skinny.
When you can’t wish
your children won’t dream.