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18 year old who loves art museums and the shadowhunter chronicles

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hello. if you've read my stories/poems and you liked them, honor on you and your family.

a girl of color in a pale world

April 22, 2017



my daughter asks me why her skin is brown
  • like sweet milk swirled into bitter coffee
and why her eyes aren’t blue or green
  • “why are they so dark, mama? i want blue eyes like ashley novak”
she asks me why her thighs touch
  • “these jeans don’t fit, mama”
she asks me why her jeans don’t fit her properly
and why her adolescent chest is forced into a bra
and why she can’t eat meat on certain days and weeks and months
she asks me why i wear a bindi on my forehead
everyday, and why i light a diya everyday
one day she shows me a painting she made,
and she’s the center of it-
beautifully colorful among a canvas of blond and brunette,
of ivory and white skin; and she wrote:
                                                                “a girl of color in a pale world”                    
a question didn’t pass her
a diya is a candle lit for worship/celebration by indians/and other cultures. a bindi is the "red dot" indian women wear on their forehead- it is seen as decoration and a symbol of marriage. 


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  • lightwormtrash

    thank you so much! i'm glad you enjoyed (:

    about 4 years ago
  • Riley Noel

    Thas is a beautiful piece that almost made me cry! Thank you for sharing it, keep writing don't let anyone stop you:)

    about 4 years ago