Melanin

 

I

Daughter of a

Black

Man and a

White

Woman

 

AM

I a colour you

Understand

Do I fit your

Criteria

Brown sample swatch

 

A

History of

Resilience

Runs through my

Veins

Cries for justice

 

BLACK

Is my skin my

Heritage

My beaten

Brow

And thickened skin

 

WOMAN

Of colour

Threatened

By both violence and

Complacency

Can you help me

 

AND

I have a

Voice

But ours is

Louder

When we bleed as one

 

I

Am not better

Injustice

Affects us all

So

Please don’t shoot me

 

WILL

You recognize my

Pain

My skin colour should not

Stop

Me from breathing

 

PERSIST

Rather than perpetuate

Defend

Rather than deny

Together

We demand change

 

BLACK LIVES MATTER