The poem "Song for a Dark Girl" is about social injustice and personal heartache. A woman’s lover was murdered because of the color of his skin. The poem is sung by a woman whose lover is a lynched in the South. His death has driven her beyond despair. Just like the twisted tree where her lover hangs, everything in the woman’s life is twisted but she still sings trying to cope with the heartbreak of losing her lover. The poem would not have the same meaning if it was sung by a white girl or if we did not know that it had taken place in the South. The poem is about the struggle for racial equality. Racism isn’t just a national problem it’s personal for those that are affected by it.