I call his name,
And his, “yes, ma’am?”
Makes me pause
Before saying,
“Have a good night.”  

In that,
“Yes, ma’am?”
A flicker of fear,
As his eyes
Slightly widen.

I used to love
When students
“Yes, ma’am.”
But now,
All I see is  

A mother
When a white
Woman speaks,
You answer,  

“Yes, ma’am.”