Not white

Day 25: White


Is it karma
Non pallor

Not white
For plight

Dark complexion

Poetry form: Musette


Does the colour of my skin bother you?

Does the hue of my skin define me?

Who decided fair is beautiful?

And that dark is ugly?

If beauty is in the eye of the beholder,

Why don’t the eyes move beyond the complexion?

Does the shape of my eye,

My radiant smile amount to nothing?

I am not white but brown

In a country of brown-skinned majority

Yet, men and women alike

Have reminded me time and again

That my skin is of a tone,

That is found unacceptable by society

I didn’t choose my colour

I was born with it

And I proudly flaunt it

I care not what others think,

I grew up looking at it

staring at me from the mirror

This is the colour I am most comfortable with.

(Written for OctPoWriMo)

I have posted two poems today, one in the suggested form, musette and the other in free verse. We were ruled by white men for many years and though we blame them for most of the ills plaguing our country, we are obsessed with white skin.


42 thoughts on “Not white

  1. I have a fair skin But I HATE it when people compare their skin tones with mine . When I don’t give any value to the skin color, they do not realize how beautiful they are in their own skin. I wish everyone looked inside and felt the beautiful hearts within !!!!

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  2. powerful poems and I can never quite get our obsession with the colour opposite to our own!

    White fellas sunbake to get a tan, dark people try potions to get a lighter tone … Michael Jackson took that to an extreme … we should be glad to be who we are 🙂
    I like your skin and eyes ❤

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      1. I’ve worked with our First Nation peoples children adopted into white families who have scrubbed their flesh back to the bone looking for white … it’s wrong in every way!

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  3. I love both of your poems, Punam. My belief on powermongers (i.e. the white men who have ruled and are ruling non-whites and females) is that they practice a dangerous and deadly form of bullying, where bullies single out any easy attribute with which to create an “us and them” dynamic, then set the “us’es” against the “thems”. Two easiest attributes to set up the dynamic is skin color and gender. More difficult for them is wealth inequality, but they have proven so good at bribing the institutions of power that it is getting easier for them. I appreciate you speaking out in your poetry ❤

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    1. First of all accept my apologies for the late reply.
      I agree, it is a form of bullying. How shallow to make someone feel insignificant on the basis of whatever the reason!
      I am so grateful for your detailed response. If only some bullies read it and realise how loathsome their behaviour is!
      Thank you so much for your encouragement, means a lot. ❤️

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      1. You are very welcome, Punam. I hope one day humanity finds a unifier to draw us all together. Unfortunately it will probably be extraterrestrials landing.

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  4. Lovely writing, and lovely heart and soul–yours. It is shallow and sad that many put value on skin tone, and overlook the countenance from which our souls shine. Blessings to you ❤


  5. I loved both poems. Especially that rant is a home run. Actually, I did start a rant yesterday sitting in the office and could not post after seeing the form. Maybe some other day 🙂

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  6. Reminds me of Shakespeares’ “you prick us do we not bleed? If you tickle us do we not laugh?”

    Indeed time never change a bit of how we treat each other.

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  7. Reminds me of Shakespeares’ “if you prick us do we not bleed? If you tickle us do we not laugh?”

    Indeed time never change a bit of how we treat each other.


  8. Wow! These two forms work so well together, your free verse like the flesh on the bones of the musette, but much much more beautiful than my tired brain made that sound. It hurts my heart so much for people to think that the colour of our skin means anything at all. We are all much much more similar than we are different…

    I love this, so much dear friend. Sorry I missed it earlier!

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    1. I liked writing the musette but it seemed very bare-boned! Given my proclivity to verbosity, I added the rant like free verse! So, you are so spot on even with your tired brain! ☺️
      I have actually always been bemused by people so enamoured of fairness!
      Thank you so very much, Rachel. Your words always add on to what I try to say. ❤️❤️

      Don’t worry about missing out a poem here or there. In November I will fish out all the poems you have not read and share the links with you. 😂

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