Treasure Island

Onalethuso Petruss Ntema

(27/02/1985 / Maun, Botswana)

The Skin

the skin of mine
and browned to a kind,
the smile of thine
travel with mind
and crowned to find,
the palms, the toes
the fingers all chose
to find me so close,
i rose without the means
and conquered beyond color,
i chose to doubt hate
and lowered my anger for other,
the eyes of man
that to which he [has] see[n]
leadeth the science of man
that to which he means,

i pose not a threat to any
i close not a debt to any,
i sail on the sands
of pearly grains
and travelled by the rains,
the skin of yours
shone and shines
and browned to a kind,
for all man is the same
man in all man of the same
man, to us all...

the skin of us
and furthered to a mile,
if life were a crime
how could i have survived
the same crime without life?
how can man see the other
by their skin color?
quite improbable to the modern eye
but wholly realistic in golden skies
of the years long gone in history,
now, it is just a skin
that shines
when the sun shines
over the brown skin
or their skin...

Submitted: Friday, April 26, 2013
Edited: Friday, April 26, 2013

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poem: 'the skin'
book: 'google eyes'
year: april 2013
book no.4 of 2013


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  • Onalethuso Petruss Buyile Ntema (4/29/2013 4:34:00 AM)

    Friday at 3: 47pm · Like

    Leboh Mmagwe Semmie Itumeleng i lyk...
    Friday at 4: 34pm · Unlike · 1

    Kwambala Lesego Kwambala Hehe and I like the neutrality of your work, the reality is that when u poem black and white we categorise you as being racist bt u have silenced us by browning your poem
    Friday at 4: 43pm via mobile · Unlike · 1

    Buyile Ekzyl Mambo i write like a reader, too.
    Friday at 4: 44pm · Like

    Kwambala Lesego Kwambala And that's the secret u ought to uphold at all times, the readers shud always be on your mind and u shud be a reader too
    Friday at 4: 47pm via mobile · Unlike · 1

    Buyile Ekzyl Mambo I like that mi king, many thanks for reading, too.
    Friday at 4: 48pm · Like · 1

    Nobert Mathumo Bless Mr browny, love ur self, love life, and all that the most high has created, erase the need on all to be debated, and to be hated, color is a reflection in my eyes, but painted by my soul..over and above..
    Friday at 5: 29pm · Unlike · 1

    Buyile Ekzyl Mambo Szeeen
    Friday at 7: 22pm via mobile · Like

    Buyile Ekzyl Mambo the artistic appeal to end racism, discrimination/xenophobia..
    Saturday at 4: 57am via mobile · Like

    Buyile Ekzyl Mambo as the wind blows from its source, so is the skin to its cause.
    Saturday at 2: 59pm via mobile · Like

    Buyile Ekzyl Mambo by the rainbow over distance
    Saturday at 7: 00pm via mobile · Like

    Buyile Ekzyl Mambo by the rainbow over distance
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    October Priskath Katlholo The skin that chose to envelope my body in black
    3 hours ago via mobile · Unlike · 1

    Buyile Ekzyl Mambo and soiled me to the sands of the bare sun under the mansions of the deep jungles of my heritage and regard. thanks October Priskath Katlholo, its all in the skin..
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  • Onalethuso Petruss Buyile Ntema (4/26/2013 8:48:00 AM)

    Charlotte Oageng likes this.

    Charlotte Oageng: I definitely in in love wit this piece
    3 minutes ago · Like

    Buyile Ekzyl Mambo: thanks. pieces of thought and reality among pieces of pieces of certain perceptions that purely misdirect or does to our instincts and regard. a line in between the lines of life to which we have come to live with, let alone dead with.
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