Hailey

by Shanae Smith

Born with fair skin

full lips

Beautiful brown eyes

Looking right towards the sky

Five hours and 20 min.

she’s all mine

my arms cradled her

while my hands held her tight

for this night was the best night of my life.

Morning has come

already my worry has begun

to me she was perfection

deserved all of my love and affection

life had a whole nother lesson for her

society’s definition of beautiful stood at the extent of her long curly hair

how would i tell her

should i start by saying

there is no such thing as black and white

just a world full of people

filled with insecurities they feel they must hide

divided by pride and a bunch of hatred inside

tricked by the illusion of colour

i would have to explain to her why a white man is pink and a black man is really brown

one day i will tell her that the world is cold but

no matter what you stay bold

hold your  ground and never frown

don’t let anything they throw at you get you down

image is just an excuse they use to amuse

refuse to take form to an inevitable norm

remember where you came from

always know where you’re going

steer clear of confusion

even if the rain is pouring

cause precision is the way to growth.

after all this my dear,

Mommy just wants you to know that

” I love you”

and soon you will know that all i have said

is true and to just “Be you.”

(from HOLLA!)

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