Younger days I remember…
A mirrored image staring back at me.
Coarse hair, full lips, broad nose
the darkness of my skin caused me to be treated differently.
Why me I asked?
Who is this person staring back at me?
I wanted to be different;
I wanted silky hair that blew easily by the breeze,
if only my lips were thin, my nose narrow,
and my skin shades lighter.
I am sure things would come easy to me in life
Older days are here now..
The mirrors image staring back at me.
Thickness of my hair symbolizes the regality of my ancestors;
the fullness of these lips only personifies
the knowledge that is spoken through them.
The broadness of my nose
only enhances the pride in my face when I hold my head up high.
Things now come easy to me in life.
I look in the mirror and staring back at me
is beauty and confidence…
the essence, the blackness of me!
– S. Marie