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Brown Skin MAG

By Danielle P., Sacramento, CA

     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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This article has 12 comments.

i love this so much!

a beautiful piece of poem :)

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on Feb. 28 2017 at 2:12 am
antea GOLD, Tirana, Other
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Stunning! This is a really good poem!

on Jun. 18 2016 at 3:41 pm
Luckystar78 ELITE, London, Other
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Favorite Quote:
"..though warm as summer it was fresh as spring." (Thomas Hardy) ("Far from the Madding crowd")

Excellent :)

on Nov. 15 2015 at 1:45 pm
TabithaL SILVER, Suffolk, Virginia
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Favorite Quote:
"Speak only if it improves upon the silence"- Mahatma Gandhi

Wow that was really good! It's truly amazing. I loved your word choices.

on Feb. 13 2014 at 4:24 am
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Good opinion once lost, is lost forever.

a beautiful piece of poem :)

on Jun. 25 2013 at 1:39 pm
beautifulspirit PLATINUM, Alpharetta, Georgia
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Everything I wanted to say, you've said it all in this poem!

on Dec. 28 2012 at 7:17 pm
Sarah_Oso SILVER, Peachtree City, Georgia
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Favorite Quote:
Live not for the-end-of-the-song. Live in the along.
(G. Brooks)

Go, sister, go!

on 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.

on Jul. 8 2011 at 11:36 am
dolphin13 BRONZE, North St. Paul, Minnesota
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This is great! I love the part about your heart and soul being colorless. Keep on writing!

on Jul. 23 2010 at 11:13 pm
Alli_Rose BRONZE, Stockton, California
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Favorite Quote:
"It's better to rise than fade away" Courtney Love-Reasons to be Beautiful

Amazing! i love it


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