Friends
You can be brown, you can be black
Yellow, white or tan
It's all appearance, how you look
Whatever your parents are
You can't change a colour
But when you really think
It doesn't matter what colour you are
You can still be friends

You can be Asian or African
American, European
All different places
Different races
Yet it's all where you were born
It needn't affect your life
For when you think
It doesn't matter what race you are
You can still be friends

You can be Sikh or Hindu
Christian, Muslim or Jew
Whatever religion, whatever creed
Whatever you may believe
You may seem strange
Or think someone else strange
But when you think
It doesn't matter what religion you are
You can still be friends

You can be dressed in many things
Do things others don't understand
Have rituals, customs
You shouldn't be ashamed
Carry on with your own way of life
Because others have their culture too
And when you think
It doesn't matter what clothes you wear
You can still be friends

You can be able to speak two tongues
English and your home language
Your first language fluently
And English perhaps stumblingly
If you speak English perfectly
Think how well do you speak their language
And whoever jeers remember
It doesn't matter how well you speak
You can still be friends

You can be met with prejudice
People who like to think their race is best
People who have grievances
People who are just plain bigoted
People who think you should stay where you are born
People who hate anyone who's different from them
When really we should all know
It doesn't matter what background you come from
You can still be friends

You can be friends with people
From far and wide
Black, brown, yellow, white
African Asian or whatever you like
You all come from Earth, and all are human
All from different cultures
Yet closer than you think
It doesn't matter what we are
As long as we are friends.

I was meant to be setting an English lesson for the class (this was in Y6), and it had to link in with anti-racism. So I thought of all the different types of discrimination around racism, and did a verse of a poem for each one, then wrote out a structure, and a simpler structure, and asked the class to write a poem using one of the structures. I was the only one who used the complex structure...
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