Maybe if I was thin enough
Socially acceptable fluffy
You know, fashionably fat
Maybe if I picked a sexy cause
And I was loud enough
Vocal to the point of obnoxious
A walking one woman oratorical
On my tunnel versioned view of the world
Maybe if I was light skinned enough
You know if the curl of my hair wasn’t so tight
And my skin was just the right kind of light
To make me that popular shade of black
Maybe if I glammed it up enough
Was the new kind of desirable?
Always made up
Primed and teased and painted just so
Maybe I’m not broken enough
You know teary eyed and forceful
With my side of the plight of
10000 sistas who have strived before me
Vocalizing tired ideologies I picked up
Instead of sharing me.
Then would you see me?
Would you look up and pay attention then?
Is it cause I’m not tall enough
Bombastic enough in my self-imposed ignorance?
Maybe but you won’t know until you decide to hear me
© Michelle Toussaint 2015