White, Black, and Brown
by Don Kingfisher Campbell

Preferring Soul Train
over American Bandstand
on stay home and study weekends

Riding shotgun in my fro friend’s Olds Cutlass
blasting Brick’s Dazz as we speed away from school
to Lucky Jr.’s for a lunch basket of chili fries

Spending nights swaying
to The Wiz in my Ahmanson
Theater red monkey usher suit

Afterward taking the Chocolate Angels
out for fried chicken and late night
Buick Le Sabre conversation

Leaving all that behind when I discovered
a curvy chicana who enjoyed singing
Frank Sinatra and Lady & The Tramp
(which I only pretended to love, of course)

AUTHOR’S PHOTO CAPTION: Leaning on my car on my 17th Halloween birthday.


Don Kingfisher Campbell
, MFA in Creative Writing from Antioch University Los Angeles, has been a coach and judge for Poetry Out Loud, a performing poet/teacher for Red Hen Press Youth Writing Workshops, Los Angeles Area Coordinator and Board Member of California Poets In The Schools, publisher of the San Gabriel Valley Poetry Quarterly, leader of the Emerging Urban Poets writing and Deep Critique workshops, organizer of the San Gabriel Valley Poetry Festival, and host of the Saturday Afternoon Poetry reading series in Pasadena, California. For publication credits, please visit