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Our Skin

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Our Skin

This is a poem of skin,
for my boyfriend who is not my exact shade but equally brilliant and equally enlightened.
He extracts my darkness, 
takes from me my undeniable fears,
placing my tortures,
wearing them on his sleeve,
for his color bears the weight of agony,
of wretched past blankets of ignorant fools
who shadowed themselves from ever doing a damn thing about the separation.

This is for him.
He wears his skin better then I wear mine.
He conquers my struggles before they can even reach my heart.
Brave and beaming with un-moon lit skies,
for pores like portals,
opening himself for the world to look into history of wartimes-
Through skin-
Through skin-
Through skin-
For humans-
For humans-
For humans.

This is for my boyfriend.
My skin. Your skin. 
All this history,
Hung from ropes-
that tear weathered men into corpses
and survivors into broad shouldered, level headed, fighters of equality.

Puppeteers play with our teeth.
Wording our mannerisms into stereotypical allegories,
and fables we have all heard before.
We all have installed into our chests rages of racism-
miles of superiority,
of bare backed proposed authority.
Reality is here.
History is here,
But often not taught well enough to understand the difference
Between moving forward and standing still.

This is for you.
You, the one with skin.
For you with history.
Why do we call dark skin people of color.
We all have color.
We all burn bright.
We all bring light
To the universe with the energy of our presence.

You, over there,
with tears of deep lakes
and uncharted survival skills-
put me on your map.

This is for you.
For skin.
For color.
For shade.
For agony.
For rage.
For freedom.
My skin.
Your skin.
Our skin.
Our skin.

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  1. Date: 9/5/2013 11:28:00 PM
    it is more for him than you this win i think Congrats on your win. Morgan

  1. Date: 9/4/2013 6:29:00 PM
    Hi Katie, love the winning poem...SKAT

  1. Date: 9/4/2013 8:05:00 AM
    Katie, a deep win..., congratulations in Nathan's any poem contest... Linda

  1. Date: 9/4/2013 2:32:00 AM
    Beautiful poem. Congrats on your win, Katie. G.

  1. Date: 8/31/2013 7:07:00 AM
    I am honored to be the first to comment. You are truly gifted. This one really moved me as all your poems I have read. How was your slam competition?