Nearly Brown

By | 1 February 2021

small child/grown woman

a girl was born
not white/not brown.
nearly white/nearly brown.

in the winter her skin was white
like the snow/like her mother.

in the summer her skin was brown
like a nut/like her father.

children asked her where she was from.
australia/sri lanka.

dichotomies the world made for her
melted at birth/vanished through growth.

nearly white/nearly brown
but she was always human.

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