A Letter From My Mother


Little brown skinned girl
Remember your place
You are a gem that should be kept in a case

Let them see, but not touch
Let them gaze at your beauty, your smile, and your worth
But keep yourself protected in your own little world

Little brown skinned girl
You are strong
Very strong
So, so strong
Just like the brown skinned women who bore you
Like the brown skinned girls they were before you

Little brown skinned girl
Be very careful
Your magic is wild, so you’re considered a handful
I know, little brown skinned girl
I know it’s not fair
That a gift like you, is too precious to share

Little brown skinned girl
Your curls are a threat
They will tangle up hate and choke it to death
So please
Little brown skinned girl
Be cautious with men
I know there are good ones, but do not forget

Little brown skinned girls have been taken and beaten
Raped, killed, mistreated
Cause little brown skinned girls
Are easy targets for demons

Little brown skinned girl
Be loud
Be free
Be the light in the darkness
Be the calm of the sea

Little brown skinned girl
Respect your own body
Respect yourself
You are a pretty brown goddess
Little brown skinned girl

You can move mountains
You can cry rivers
You can sway their opinions

Little brown skinned girl
Speak with conviction
Talk with a lection that surpasses their diction

Little brown skinned girl
Get yourself an education
Don’t give them another reason to lower your lower wages

Little brown skinned girl
Smile with sincerity
Your smile is worth millions
Don’t give it out like charity

Little brown skinned girl
It’s ok to be different
It’s okay to love hip hop
It’s okay to hate lipstick
It’s okay to not be a little brown skinned statistic
Little brown skinned girl
It’s gonna be alright
Little brown skinned girl
Your future is bright

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