You’ve Got a Hole In Your Sock – A Poem


the sky dropped down to darkness

as the spirit of a lioness revitalized itself in the hours

before light struck again


off like a panther

moving with the precision of a piston

perfecting the pattern of efficiency

excellence personified in the glare of bias

gliding against the rough grain of suppression


doing the best

while being treated the worst

no prizes

no oscars

no tonys

just secondary feminists

fighting for equality amongst the mentalists


eyes flutter before they respite

15 minutes transformed into an hour

joints stretch and bones snap to attention

race is back on

the tracks laid down by jim crow



awards and medals line the DNA

of safari’s soldiers

hidden from view

obstructed from reality

buried in books unpublished


we’re dressed in our finest

sunday’s very best

covered in pristine culture

so beautiful it glistens and glows


infused with an intricate 

chemical makeup

not easily diffused

we always show up

and out



even after the miles and years

and moments are added up

accomplishments multiplied and divided by truth


someone is still there to say

hey, you’ve got a hole in your sock


as if it means something of substance

as if it detracts from the fact that we designed the shoe

that encased the foot of the warriors


that fought

bled and died


the sock may have a hole

but it’s minuscule

compared to the hole


in the oppressor’s soul

© 2016, TamekaMullins. All rights reserved.

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Feb 1, 2016 | Posted by in Blog, Poetry | 24 comments

Comments (24 Responses)

  1. jencpoe says:

    I loved it!

  2. TamekaMullins says:

    Thanks Lil Sis! 🙂

  3. Mary says:

    This is an amazing collection of poems! I smiled at the last one…so true.

    • TamekaMullins says:

      Thank you Mary! I have had writers block lately so getting this one out was definitely an achievement.

  4. ShirleyB says:

    ‘someone is still there to say
    hey, you’ve got a hole in your sock’

    I get it. Great poem.

  5. Sanaa Rizvi says:

    Gorgeous collection 🙂 so well done.

  6. Grace says:

    I always check if I got a hole in my socks ~

    That last one is my favorite, such wisdom ~ Thanks for joining us at D’verse ~

    • TamekaMullins says:

      I think we all are a little afraid of leaving home with holes in our socks. Sometimes I do it on purpose to rebel.

  7. whimsygizmo says:

    I especially love the bold poem within. Read by itself, so tight and powerful.

  8. thotpurge says:

    ‘someone is still there to say
    hey, you’ve got a hole in your sock’

    Absolutely… I think I can relate to this…. the ever ready critics and their sense of entitlement.

  9. daisy chain says:

    I love these:
    “the sky dropped down to darkness”
    “someone is still there to say”

  10. Oh yes… very much like the mote in a brother’s eye and not not the beam in your own… I heard once the if you point a finger at someone there three other’s pointing right back at you. Great sentiment here.

  11. I love all the different twists and turns in the poem and then the holes, especially in the opressors souls. There are always those ready to see that hole but I sometimes think it is best ignored and as you say there is a hole in their soul but maybe because of their own feelings of sadness and being inadequate?

    • TamekaMullins says:

      I agree. I think we are all scarred. None of us leave here without some kind of hole in us. We should be offering help to others instead of always pointing out perceived flaws.

  12. SMiLes broken as culture
    infinite number of
    rules and
    that now say
    not good
    ha! i say
    F culture
    yes.. Fred
    culture i am
    me.. and else
    is Illusion except
    moving.. connecting
    and creating.. and those
    who care not to can certainly
    travel another way if
    they like than
    of the
    heaven of
    now.. Mastery
    iN relative
    under LOVE..
    God aLLows
    of uS
    now found
    inside outside
    above so below
    all around uS now
    expanding Stars
    of Us UniVerse

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