for brown-skin girls

 

For Brown-Skin Girls

by Sharon Harvey Rosenberg

This is for all the brown-skin girls
drowning in tears from blue-eyed dreams
 
buried under pillows seeded
 
with wallflower nightmares
 
blooming like thorns
 
around the crown
 
of nappy hair.
 
 This is for all the brown-skin girls
 
whipped by fantasies of long blond hair
 
tossed over a shoulder like the blade of a knife
 
cutting the stems
 
of nappy hair flowers
 
neglected like weeds
 
in a vacated lot.
 
 This is for all the brown-skin girls
 
lost between the pages of
 
glossy magazine covers
 
where black typeface
 
is printed on perforated solicitations
 
tossed away with junk mail.
 
 No.
 
 In these cut-lines for brown-skin girls,
 
The text is rewritten
 
and photos are reframed
 
with portraits of
 
nappy-hair girls smiling
 
under boldface type:
 
Featuring and Including
 
Brown-skin Cover Girls
 
On the Table of Contents

 

 

 

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