On a trip to Disney World

The granddaughter trailed behind her
Grandmother and aunt
When they passed by two young black women
Sitting on a bench outside a landscaped building

The grandmother said loudly
That’s the way she spoke
“If they weren’t black they’d be pretty”

The aunt looked down and sped up her step
The granddaughter halted and whispered
To the two young black women
Sitting on the bench
“I’m sorry”

The two young black women shrugged their shoulders
And smiled seeming to say
“We are sorry for you”

Grant Guy is a Canadian writer, playwright, stage designer, puppeteer and illustrated. He has designed for both large and small theatre in Canada. He was the artistic director of ADHERE + DENY for over sixteen years. He is currently setting up a new company Two horses of Paladin. His illustrations have appeared in several magazines in Canada and England. He has an illustrated children's book being released in 2019. Read other articles by Grant.