Black Poetry : Ode to my Black Skin.

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  1. Carolyne

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    I am the darker sister with the smooth
    chocolate complexion; the tinted shade
    competing with the night.
    I am trapped in a disadvantage: strolling
    the quiet streets with my head lowered
    to the ground- with fear smudged on
    my thick melanin.
    Convicted to a life sentence of constant
    worry because of the color of my skin.
    Living with questions never to be asked.
    Marginalized and subjected to all forms
    of racial profiling, baseless stereotypes
    and injustices in a failing system.

    My mind is a civil war that never ends.
    My mind is overpopulated by remorse,
    incarcerated by painful images of my
    deceased sisters and brothers now
    reduced to just hashtags and statistics
    of yet another black man/woman
    killed by the police.

    I am the vintage black mother wearing
    the faces of Angela Davis and Rosa Parks,
    reciting a woeful dirge, chanting the eulogies
    of my ancestors in the language of Harriet
    Tubman, Sojourner truth and Maria Stewart.
    I mourn the loss of humanity and constantly
    drowning in a cesspool of tears for my
    children with pain etched on my face and
    worry wrinkling my brow each time they go
    out because I am afraid that they may be shot
    at or worse, killed.

    I am the mourning dove in the fields lamenting
    my lost husband and all the strong black men
    and women who were violently beaten into
    submission with convicting confessions,
    brutalized and annihilated because the color
    of their skin somehow made them look like
    dangerous criminals or thugs.

    I am the 21st Century tired, angry black woman
    matching through the streets in search of justice,
    protesting the unfair treatment of my race.
    I wear this black skin with pride; unapologetic to
    ignorant racists, hate and all forms of injustice
    filtrating society.

    My black skin is gold, magic, artistic, poetic
    and embroidered with a rich history that
    flows through the plains of mother, Africa.
    I wear the crown of my ancestors passed
    down through generations like a Queen.
    Resilient, a warrior with an undefiable spirit.

    My black skin doesn’t represent evil.
    My black skin doesn’t implicate that i am
    a thug or a dangerous criminal.
    My black skin doesn’t mean that i should be
    mistreated, degraded, discriminated against
    or treated different from the rest.

    I am just a black woman roaming through
    your conscience, haunting you every night
    with my cries of justice!
    I am unapologetically, black and refuse to
    be judged or treated unfairly because of the
    color of my skin.
    I am human with blood flowing through
    my veins, just like you.
     
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    :hello: Carolyne ... Welcome Welcome Welcome ... :bowdown: :bowdown: :bowdown:

    Your poetry, your black skin, your every thing ... is beautiful.

    Thank you for joining and sharing with us!

    Please make yourself right at home!

    Much Love and Peace.

    :heart:

    Destee
     
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    Phenomenal woman, she.
     
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    Carolyne - The geneticists say that all the human improvements of Mankind are recorded and can be read in the DNA of the genes and blood, each change representing 20,000 to 30,000 years of evolution. They've read 79 changes in the Asian. They've read 98 such changes in the European. But Behold ! They've recorded 198 changes in the African. That means we can trace our historical legacy on planet Earth back further than anyone else, being first. So, when you get to thinking that you are a deviation from someone else, you can stand tall knowing that they and all others are a deviation from you. Humanity owes all its life to the black skin given by black Mother Africa to the first human feet to walk this planet. Thanks for Her residence in you Carolyne. Hallelujah! HH
     
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    O, the wonders of my ebony hue...in getting through...all the challenges we have to go through...and stay TRUE.

    Welcome to the Playground, Sister Carolyne.

    THANKS...for jumping in the deep waters.:)
     
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    Thank you, King.
     
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    Thank you, brother. I appreciate the welcome. :):)
     
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    Thank you, brother. I appreciate the welcome. :):)
     
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    Beautifully stated! I love this scientific reference. Thank you for this insightful comment. I appreciate. :)
     
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    Big props for caring and sharing this post with all of us here too!
     
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