Beautiful Brown Skin – A Poem by Karen Gibson Roc

I AM THAT LITTLE GIRL CLOTHED IN

BEAUTIFUL BROWN SKIN

SMILING FROM BEHIND GROWN UP EYES

WANTING ONLY TO ERASE THE TIES

TO THE DECEIPT

THAT CAUSES

HATE

AND A DESTRUCTIVE RISE – ING

ON HIGH NESTS

ABOVE THE REST

WITHIN THIS TIME

LOVE IS WEEPING

FROM THE UNTYING

THE COMPARING

COLOR OF SKIN

FORGETTING

WE ARE HUMAN

AKIN

TO BEING THE SAME AS EACH OTHER

SEE

WE ARE MOTHERS

FATHERS

SONS AND

DAUGHTERS

WITHIN THIS TIME

TRUTH IS DYING AS

TOO MANY OF US

HOLD FAST

TO THINGS THAT MEAN NOTHING

THINGS THAT

GLAMORIZE

THE PRIZE OF HAPPINESS

ON THE OUTSIDE

WHEN REAL JOY

IS SHARED

TOGETHER

FROM THE INSIDE

WITHIN THIS TIME

SOCIETY IS BLEEDING

AND WATCHING

POWER

TAKE ADVANTAGE

OF THE MEEK

BECAUSE

MANY OF US ARE ASLEEP

DEEP

IGNORING THE BITTER

TASTE OF THE SWEET

FRUIT

GIVEN

SEE

I AM THAT LITTLE GIRL CLOTHED IN

BEAUTIFUL BROWN SKIN

SMILING FROM BEHIND GROWN UP EYES

WANTING ONLY TO ERASE THE TIES

TO THE DECEIPT

THAT CAUSES

HATE

AND A DESTRUCTIVE RISE – ING

ON HIGH NESTS

ABOVE THE REST

(C) 2018 kgr

photo: Joshua June

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Hi, my name is Karen Gibson Roc and I am the creator and curator of NevahBlackDown. I am a Mother first and foremost. Poetry is my gift and I use it to speak to my own heart as well as those who choose to let my words in. NevahBlackDown is an ongoing conversation that I am choosing to have with those who care to listen. I share my work and the work of others who feel that art, voice, and expression is a powerful means to spark change, share positive imagery and inspiration.

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