I've chosen to write about "what the ocean said to the black boy" because when we broke off into groups in class this was the poem we were assigned, but also it really is a deep poem. There is np capitalization in the poem which gives the sense of almost like Smith is speaking quietly to you individually. The entire poem is about the suppression of black people in our society. I make this inference because of the stanza
"a little too much I'ouverture in you
a little too much turner
a little too much of what they already had enough of"
and the line
"you just a drop of ink"
l'ouverture and Turner are the last names of two men who lead two great slave rebellions. This is part of what leads me to believe this piece is about the suppression of black people. I believe the "ocean" Smith is speaking of in the poem is our society. Which is why the line:
"you know how many of ya'll I swallowed"
is so deep. It means that society has ignored African Americans for so long, just pushed them under the "surface" and that we have completely "drowned" them out.
"I know you can float
felt you bobbing along my surface
before you even knew you could"
Society knew/knows that they were/are suppressing a whole race of people but continues to ignore it. You can only silence someone by ignoring them, "drowning" them out. Smith ends the poem with such a powerful message, completely calling out society on their ways.
"they call me blue because
they don't understand how the sky work
they call you black because
they don't understand how god work"