Black and Beautiful by Hilesha S. Humphreys

[winner 18 to 35 age category 2010]

Deep within lies the unseen,

The Black that is me.

Not the simple skin, but below, between,

The crevices, the depths of who I am and shall be.

The strength of body and mind handed down through, and by blood.

This hidden pearl is the glow I wear.

A misunderstood joy, peace in the times of tear.

It is hope running in the red of my black

That which marks grace and endurance in my back;

The outward and inward curves; defiance, submission, but ne’er breaking.

Beautiful, is the diversity of the black;

Standing, solid African, in appearance, in voice,

Sitting, mixed with the world’s content,

The black beauty rises.

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