Her Glistening Beauty, Her Glistening Power
She typed “beauty is power” and
when she sat in bed that night she cried.
Dark skin never looked so good below the sun’s rays..
making her look Just a little bit lighter.
Just a little bit more beautiful.
As if the lighter she was, the more beautiful
they would see her.
As if the lighter she was, the more her black
girl magic was actually working.
She didn’t know that black itself could glisten like stars.
Captivate and wake the world whole with just a smile,
until the world stopped changing her..until the world started to accept her.
She looks away in her photos because cameras can't tell the difference
between happiness and self doubt. So she exhibits her body,
a feature most desired of perfection.
A body, her body,
which she wished had been five likes good enough.