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A drop of black blood

turns a whole person black

the census bureau makes

me seem tainted - unnatural

I cannot choose multiracial.

What are you?

Not mixed, just black,

just white, never native

I must wear three masks

I cannot be multiracial.

I have “white”

features, but “black” hair,

and my skin falls somewhere

in between the cracks

of white and black

Puerto Rican? Hawaiin?

Do you come from an island?

Maybe the island of misfit toys

where children are not black or white

but just children.



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