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January 2012

2012 Martin Luther King, Jr. Writing Awards

Poetry: High School

Second Place (Tie)

Skin
Lynell Tomlin
12th grade, The Neighborhood Academy


Alexis said,
“I’m light skinned.
I’m pretty because I’m light skinned.
You’re dark skinned.
You’re ugly because you dark skinned.”
How about we run away.
How about we not worry about our skin.
How about we just are us.
How about we do our work and worry about pretty later.
How about we pay attention to the pros and not the cons.
How about we are ourselves.

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