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What I Know About you Just from Looking at Your Face

Posted on: February 21st, 2015 by Jeff Thompson No Comments

Don’t tell me about race,

Cause I don’t know what it is.

(Allow me to back up.

That was a lie. Biggest one ever told.)

Truth: I had race rubbed into my face

Like shoe shine

Before I was old

Enough to wear shoes.

I knew my skin color soon after I knew my name.

I believed in that lie before I knew how to feel shame.

I promise, I come in peace.

No, I don’t. That’s a lie, too.

I don’t even know what it would mean for that to be true.

I don’t know how to part my lips

To speak

Without somehow violating you.

Every act is violent.

Even to remain silent

Is to commit a crime

Against what pleads to be spoken.

But somehow sometimes

The spell is broken.

Something shines

In your face that I recognize

As the brilliant child who plays behind your eyes.

And for a moment…

We stand dehypnotized.


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