Teen Poetry Collections

Black is Beauty

 by a young woman in detention


Bully, aye—


    Yes, you—


Why you so black?


    Yes, you—


Why you so mean? Why me?


Blacker than Black—


Go back home where you came from


    Aye, yes, you are ugly—


And Blacker than the blackboard

 

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Aye, yes, you—


    You’re so beautiful


Your skin is so beautiful


    Aye, yes, me


Is this really you?


    a Black beautiful young woman—


You should be a model