By Angelica O’Donoghue
Dark Brown’ Black ass; Dark tits – pointed; Solitude.
Nappy hair colored in ways that should never be allowed,
My kinky roots Strong!
Jet black eyes, darkened by hard times,
The hard times of my forefathers; My mammi and how she did wuk long.
My bushy eyebrows all clustered together,
Cause a so dem big ships did cluster us together; Remember?
Never will I arch dem, like how we did arch arwe backs under the physical and mental oppression.
Come let me straighten up,
No not my hair! Leave my nappy roots be.
Come let me straighten my back, embracing this long, slender figure.
tun around mi sister, tun mek dem see. Your broad hips thick thighs, round behind.
Tun up mi broad nose at dem colorless capitalist that called my mammi colored.
And my thick heavy lips, are the same lips that gave you music and culture.
The same lips that started revolutions, spoke out oppression and is now leading America!
Oh I am Loving the Skin I’m in…
My melanin rich Colour
My unique Colour
My blemish free Colour
My one Colour
Black I born, Black I shall die
My Deep rooted Nappy Hair
My versatile Nappy Hair
My kinky roots twisted Nappy Hair
No need to iron or perm,
When I can twist, lock, plait, afro, wear it low, wear it long
My Nappy Hair.
Ambi and Revlon, ya’ll sit back and watch me
Dark brown; Black ass; Dark tits – pointed; Solitude.
Cause I am Loving the Skin I’m in.
Author’s bio: Angelica O’Donoghue is a 25 yr old Business Owner and a mother. She is also the 2006 winner of Wadadli Pen. She write “I enjoy writing, performing and research. I also hope/ intend to publish my first book (poetry and short story).”
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