Andreanna Atkins

Rookie (New Orleans, Louisiana)

The Darker The Skin, The Deeper The Roots. - Poem by Andreanna Atkins

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.


Comments about The Darker The Skin, The Deeper The Roots. by Andreanna Atkins

  • Rookie 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

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  • Rookie 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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Poem Submitted: Wednesday, September 28, 2011



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