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 Winnipeg, Canada, poet, writer and playwright. Former artistic director of Adhere + Deny. His writings have been published in Canada, the United States, Wales, India and England. He has three books published. He was the 2004 recipient of the MAC’s 2004 Award of Distinction and the 2017 recipient of the WAC’s Making A Difference Award. Read other articles by Grant.