As clear and high standing
as that evening table chandelier
be that woman’s candle of insecurities if she be
pssssttt at again / or danced about to a funky beat
And then this woman / who agreed it would be ok to die quickly
if she could be beautiful for just 10 years
no vegan / no fast
keeping everything out help her skin stick to her bones at last
caged inside foul swallowed down upchoke
she dare not speak out in skin cancer’s name
cause she don’t like her skin tone either
but she agreed it was okay to die quickly if she could be
beautiful for just / 10 years.
Even though I love my mama to re-birth and heavens
some love the white woman enough to vacuum out the fats that God gave
to protect the baby in the womb and the hips to carry them bye bye.
But we continue to eye each other down
cause you’re sick and tired of me and my sister girl walk / like
I’m sick and tired of you and your valley girl talk
now / we begin to eye down Asians and Latinas but quickly dismiss them from the game
cause this war be ours / black woman against white woman
you love the way I look / I love the way you look
so who said we had to hate eachother?
you love me thick lips / like I love your thin waist
so you shape your new breasts to be as perky as mine
and I straighten my hair like yours time after time
…. if we love each other so much
maybe one day /
I’ll love me enough to help you teach men and the world that you are a
beautiful white woman / short legs, long torso, flat ass, thin lips, thin hair
beautiful / beautiful.
and maybe one day you’ll love you enough
to help me teach men and the world that I am a
beautiful black woman / long legs, short torso, fat ass, thick lips, thick hair
maybe one day / white woman.
excerpt from One Day White Woman copyright 2005 Nikki Skies