tan lines

look at ‘em:
linin’ up outside
the tanning salon
tryin’ to SPRAY
tryin’ to BAKE
my bronze beauty on

I laugh
(instead of cry)
at the hypocrisy of this
cause folks
who look like me
they’d never deign to kiss

listen to ‘em:
“but I got
a black friend”
so will you stand next to me?
MY RIGHT TO LIVE,
will you defend?

I’m so scared
I’m so ANGRY
too many emotions I feel
hearts & lives
are being broken
on racism’s wretched wheel

copyright © 2020 KPM

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