This poem is really good. I don’t think it was hard to understand this poem, it was very well written and you can feel the emotion and the things it is trying to explain and describe without exactly saying it. I have mixed emotions about it though. It’s weird but this poem made me sad, mad and also happy after reading a bit more about it and the back story. It made me sad because I think it’s just horrible that people felt like they had the right to beat, hurt, and hang others just because of the color of their skin. I also liked the poem because it helped some people understand that this way of treating others was terrible and needed to stop and they had to change things. I think this poem brings a really powerful message and I’m glad that we got to read it for this assignment.