Shades of Black

Shades of black
How much beauty did you lack?
Their words left you with scars that won’t heal,
Hiding behind the pain you pretend not to feel.

They said beauty is in the eye of the beholder,
This seemed strange as you grew older.
In their eyes you never embodied it,
And so to their definition you try to fit.
Liquids,creams and extensions,
Trying to cover up what they call imperfections
But baby girl can’t you see,
That being yourself will set you free?

Shades of black,
How much beauty did you lack?
You listened when they told you your skin was too dark,
When in fact it was their eyes that couldn’t handle a beauty so stark.
Now you torture yourself in order to silence their voices,
But they’re still gonna criticise you for your choices.

Amongst your own you feel all alone,
And you think,’Maybe there’s really something wrong with my tone’.
‘Beauty is but skin deep’ is what’s on people’s lips,
But through their actions their true self slips.

Shades of black,maybe one day they will understand
What kind of life you’ve lived in this land.
Where everyone would rather be identical
Than celebrate being an individual.
Maybe you’ll let your deep chocolate beauty will arise from the mist,
And erase the all the requirements needed to ‘fit’ the beauty list.
Shades of black,you’ll know,
What doesn’t kill you makes you grow.


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