Shades of You

You fear your allure
and all it’s greatness,
the brown skin and mahogany tones.

You fear your beautiful
and all it’s shades
because in the mirror,
you see the un-cried tears and i-love-you’s never received.

You fear your attractive
and all it’s secrets,
you remember the shame before self-love was part of your vocabulary.

You fear your appeal
and all it’s charm,
because you wrestle to accept that
your “black is beautiful”
is more than a consequence of a trend.

Excerpt from Chapter 8: An Ode To Black of “African Gentleman” by Jade Novelist

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