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Outside my skin

I hear people saying things
I hear them calling one another names
Names full of hatred and bigotry	 
Who am I outside my skin?

Day after another their hands are itching to devour.
They seek to devour those different from their skins.
I can live with my skin yet they don’t realize.
Who are we outside our skins?

History has a story to tell
Humans fought over dominance yet they accomplished nothing. 
Which skin is the best, black or white?
Who are we outside our skins?

Humanity has left humans
Humanity they regard as weakness
Humility left without a trace on human species
How did prejudice overthrow humanity?

My skin is not me, but a trace back to my forefathers 
My skin does not mean that I am well-off 
My skin does not mean that I am underprivileged 
Outside my skin I’m a living soul.

Copyright © Bongani Zungu

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  1. Date: 11/23/2012 6:23:00 PM
    I really like the sharpness of your words, this poem is strong and bold, but bring some tenderness inside :D, Lovely poem :), Thank you for visiting my page, it's really a pleasure to have a lovely comment by you :) - Hug, Yanny

  1. Date: 11/22/2012 12:08:00 PM
    Your poem really touched me Bongani.