Crayons

By Whitney

 

I used to think that

my skin

was too light

when I was younger

I’d fish

for a crayon

that matched my face

and I was left grappling two colours:

sienna

and orange

 

I was 6 years old and couldn’t pronounce

sienna

so I decided to announce

to my mother that

“I n’orange Momma!”

She yelled at me

I got the wrong answer

“You’re black

my black child”

but she wasn’t

gentle

only rough and upset

by my confusion

 

I went back to the crayon box

and lined up the

black

crayon to my arm

It looked wrong

I held it up

against my hair

it seemed to match

and my friend Sarah her hands were

Peach

but mom called her

white

White is the colour of the inside of her eyes

“She peach and I n’orange”

but mom

didn’t want to hear any of it.

 

 

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