Saturday, January 28, 2017

hidden figures: a personal review

they were hidden in the colored basement
with their own colored bathroom
making calculations for NASA, for the space
program, to fly a man into space
they were the hidden behind the white men
whose names were on the official reports.
I know this.
we are hidden behind our obliging smiles
and careful comportment,
our dresses not too dowdy, not too sexy,
the right mix of charm and smarts
they stepped up the judge's bench
they spoke up
they set up the first IBM and
they became the leaders.
emerging from the colored basement
with its colored lady's room
they flew a man to space.
They dared to challenge the white man's world,
How dare I tremble.

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