WHITE FRIENDS

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Neueli Mauafu

When I go to school

I’m a different man

And by different, I mean 

By the way I talk 

Food I eat

Attitude shown

My walk and stance 

Conversations of weekend concerts

Hook-ups 

Drink ups 

Party at my place

That sort of stuff 

Sushi dates

My stomach isn’t use to it

Too bloody expensive

I’m not even full from it

Fancy clothes and necessities

Living the independent life

I’m not brown anymore

I AM WHITE

When I go home

I am a different man

A type of different 

That none of my white mates understand

Conversations like

“Pass me the knife,

so I can open the Pisupo can”

Hook-ups at youth practise

Choir practise and church

Loud laughter and jam sessions 

Jokes that hurt (don’t be offended) 

Long evening prayers

Hymns that are off tune 

Lectures that somehow benefit my life

Just agree and nod

Even when you feel its not true

My dear white friends

Please understand my absence to our drink ups

Just know that I’m busy

Busy with personal stuff 

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