To my dark sister-

To my dark sister-

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It does not befit-
The ancestors who went through
Ocean and lands,
Sweat and toil,
Blood and sacrifice,
To look down the pigment,
You have been endowed,
And utter the words-
I do not like it.

It does not befit,
The mother who went through,
vigorous nine months,
Housing a young you,
Within her 120 pounds,
While earning her coins,
With menial jobs,
To look down your skin,
Wishing it wasn’t yours.

It does not befit,
The creator- who fashioned you,
Body and soul;
A creation with genes,
Only you have been granted;
A beauty to stand out
Against the universe’s background,
To look down your skin,
Saying- black isn’t pretty.

It doesn’t befit
Your state of mind.
To wish you were something,
Other than what you are.

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7 thoughts on “To my dark sister-

  1. This comes with such a strong message, Ameena. I am a brown skin girl and there was a time I would feel awful about it. Today I don’t. It’s so very important to learn to love ourselves truly and completely, right from the colour of our skin, to the shape of our body, to our mind and soul. I absolutely enjoyed reading this powerful piece of poetry. Thanks for sharing !

    Much love !

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