Skin


White, wheatish, brown or black
People are not defined by their shade
Colors are meant to be in the rainbow
The only place where they don't fade

I was not born white or fair
Condolences were muttered in silence
Being a kid, I wondered why it mattered
For me, none of it made any sense

People laughed and snickered
Comparing their skin against mine
I laughed back too at their vanity
With my honey almond skin, I was fine

The fair ones failed relying on their beauty
Couldn't even secure a decent job
I have excelled in every field
Unlike the mirror kissing snob

I am independent and follow my dreams
Others are busy getting bleaches done
I'm a writer, dancer and painter today
Without bothering about the rays of the sun

My dusky fingers can do magic
Not once has it held me back
I would have been the same person
Even if I had been white or black

It has got nothing to do with the tone
What matters is, in life how you win
Standing tall, dark and beautiful
I am more than the color of my skin

Linking to Theme Thursday: Theme - Skin.

34 comments:

  1. I have felt dusky skinned women are somehow all the more sexy ;) Just saying :) Btw, loved it.. Beauty is definitely more than skin deep. Beauty is when you are comfortable in your own skin and love it :)

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    1. I feel the same too. They look more sultry to me!

      Thank you, I'm glad you liked it! :)

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  2. Superb! It's not the skin colour that matters but what is within you- your talents, your passion, your confidence. I too have suffered the bias. But I have learned not to care about it.

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  3. Yeah, that's just about it. Skin tone doesn't matter at all. No one can think of a single aspect where skin tone actually makes someone better. Beauty lies in loving oneself. I enjoyed this one.

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  4. Wow,this is a very good poem.
    Its a shame that our society associate beauty with fair skin color and body size.
    I have seen people applying whitening cream that eventually damaged their skins. One of my cousin's skin started to peel off and wounded part of her cheeks. But the next day she still chose to use the same whitening soap.






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  5. I had similar experiences yes they were sympathetic because I was dusky. I never needed any sympathy though. I am what I am! And yeah success factor applies to me too! Nice one Soumya.

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  6. one of your pieces that I just loved ! Indeed beauty is much more than just the skin. And by the way, you paint and dance too ? You are one multi talented woman. Would like to see some of your art pieces on the blog sometime!

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    1. Thank you Jyo! I do, will post them here sometime :)

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  7. Standing tall, dark and beautiful
    I am more than the color of my skin- I absolutely loved this lines!! :D

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  8. Man, you're getting better at verse & prose...by the day. This was awesome! :)

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    1. Yella nim aashirvaada! :D

      Thanks Sri!

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  9. People don't think rationally, that's the problem. How is a fair skin better than a dark one. Actually a fair skin is more prone to skin cancer than a dark skinned one. Does having a particular skin colour make a person better in any way.? I have stopped getting angry and feel sorry for the people with such notions. :-)

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  10. You are definitely more than the colour of your skin and pretty too. :D
    This was a good one babe!

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  11. People usually stop thinking at the skin level. Most of my friends are after the pale toned girl who doesn't even care to throw a glance at them.
    Only a few go beyond and see how beautiful is your heart. My most favourite person in the world is dusky beauty, my mom.

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  12. You go girl! You're so much more, a fab writer! Cheers :D

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  13. "It has got nothing to do with the tone
    What matters is, in life how you win
    Standing tall, dark and beautiful
    I am more than the color of my skin"

    And what can I say about your poetry. Your words are always so inspiring. Loved it :-)

    By the way, would love to see your paintings :-)

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    1. Thank you Amrit! Would share my paintings soon :)

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  14. Aye, this was beautiful!
    You are amazing, both with poetry and thoughts.

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  15. Beautiful poem! I love the tone and the message behind it and can so empathise with it all. So sick of growing up in a society where we were defined by our skin colour. I wrote a similar poem 'Dark-skinned girl' some years ago. Great minds... ;)

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    1. Thank you PB. I'm off to check your poem now! :)

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