Who Told You? - Original Poem

Updated: Apr 25, 2019

By Jasmine Green


Skin Like Barbed Wire #7, c.2018

Who taught you the browns were muddy, dirty, and corrupting And the blacks were demonic, evil, and crude While valuing obsidians and oils and mahogany Dark things of commidification and possession?

Who compared you to cocoa and caramel and consumption? Who melted down your form of bronze and gold and copper Removed the tiger eyes of your crown and plucked the amethysts of your irises Pocketed your treasures And remarked you ordinary?

Who taught you that yours are not yours That theirs are theirs but yours are not your own That they can rename yours theirs, own what belongs to all And curse you if you dare retrieve it?

Who?

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