The Skin I Live In


The skin I live in
Breeds contempt and fear
Garners disbelief that I am
Worthy and full of awesome wonder
Disallows privilege of the full scope of my God given humanity
Denies me acceptance of the in-group

The beautiful pecan tan skin I live in
Is the envy of those who lack pigment
Hungry for Mother sun's rays as boldly
Bequeathed to me by the old ancestors

The glimmering gold, sun-kissed skin I live in
Refuses to reward me the respect and dignity
On sight as biases and assumptions override human decency
That I am worthy of honor, awe and wonder as I journey a path
Promised by a higher power that created the skin I live in

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