Treasure Island

Andreanna Atkins

(New Orleans, Louisiana)

The darker the skin, The deeper the roots.


Ridiculed,
and for what?
Because I have talent
in my brown skin?

or is it because I am confident
in my brown skin?
I set trends
with my brown skin.

And this brown skin, as smooth as honey
curves and hugs my flesh,
clings to my every move,
speaks when I have said nothing.

Does my brown skin offend you?
or does it just
intimidate you?

Because I stride
in my brown skin.
I don't hide
in my brown skin
because my brown skin is my testimony.

The hardships I've endured
and the pain I've suppressed
was all worth it, because
I take pride
in my brown skin.

So when we cross paths,
please respect my brown skin.
Because the pages within me are
greater than my cover.

Submitted: Wednesday, September 28, 2011

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  • Stefanie Fontker (9/28/2011 9:38:00 PM)

    I know what you mean, even in the 21st century equality doesn't have a fixed position. And we should all know, skin of colour is always beautiful. Lovely writing, I love your passion! Keep at it. (Report) Reply

  • Ashley Felix (9/28/2011 9:32:00 PM)

    amen to this beautiful poem.: D i love it and i agree because I have brown skin too and others underestimate our talents because of it. (Report) Reply

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