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     My bones are covered by brown skin
Brown skin that glistens in the darkness
Not affected by the hotness
This brown skin
Shades me from the sun
In the heat of the day
This brown skin
Marks me as a target
Makes me want to overcome
For my race
Some people call this skin black
But it’s brown, deep chocolate brown
Perhaps with a hint of caramel
This brown skin
Sometimes makes me want to hide
Ashamed, but my pink cheeks never show
Over this brown skin
Under this brown skin is my soul which knows no color
And a heart which is colorless too
I love my brown skin for all its faults
And I hate my brown skin for all its good
I live in this brown skin
And I shall die in this same brown skin
I won’t lighten or darken,
Even when the seasons change.
I’m a girl with a heart, soul, mind,
A life to live, and love inside of me
A girl with a body,
Covered by brown skin.


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anteaThis teenager is a 'regular' and has contributed a lot of work, comments and/or forum posts, and has received many votes and high ratings over a long period of time. said...
Feb. 28 at 2:12 am
Stunning! This is a really good poem!
 
Luckystar78This teenager is a 'regular' and has contributed a lot of work, comments and/or forum posts, and has received many votes and high ratings over a long period of time. This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Jun. 18, 2016 at 3:41 pm
Excellent :)
 
TabithaLThis teenager is a 'regular' and has contributed a lot of work, comments and/or forum posts, and has received many votes and high ratings over a long period of time. This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Nov. 15, 2015 at 1:45 pm
Wow that was really good! It's truly amazing. I loved your word choices.
 
NILAKSHI008 said...
Feb. 13, 2014 at 4:24 am
a beautiful piece of poem :)
 
beautifulspirit This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Jun. 25, 2013 at 1:39 pm
Everything I wanted to say, you've said it all in this poem!
 
Sarah_Oso This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Dec. 28, 2012 at 7:17 pm
Go, sister, go!
 
dolphin13 said...
Jul. 8, 2011 at 11:36 am
This is great! I love the part about your heart and soul being colorless. Keep on writing!
 
Princess Tiara replied...
Nov. 8, 2011 at 3:52 pm
It is very true becuase im a poet and your poetry comes from the heart i love the begining.
 
Alli_Rose said...
Jul. 23, 2010 at 11:13 pm

Amazing! i love it

 

 
Mr.Mercury said...
Aug. 21, 2008 at 6:41 pm
I like this poem a great deal. Even if written when you were 13.
 
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