eczema

the white stomach is fragile
scared of hot sauce and beans

the white ego is fragile-er
scared of almost everything

white skin is so sensitive
reacting wildly to commonplace things

as does white fear
a rash on all continents

 

 

 

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*this poem appears in the Beltway Poetry Quarterly, Vol 17:4, Fall 2016, co-edited by Elizabeth Acevedo and Gowri Koneswaran.

http://www.beltwaypoetry.com/slam-issue/

 

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