i cry because it hurts

this shedding of skin

leaving behind insecurities,

hatred, and the white man's


shedding, revealing a skin so full

enriched with generational melanin

smooth and unfavorable

a symbol of born resistance

it hurts so very much

so i cry and i cry

awaiting my full transformation

and i will walk, strut,

demand your attention

and your eyes will melt

and words cease to exist

when i shed this skin