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

Dressed 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

Loud enough

Rich enough

Bombastic  enough in my self-imposed ignorance?

Maybe but you won’t know until you decide to hear me

© Michelle Toussaint 2015


About Michelle Toussaint

Michelle Toussaint is an Antiguan who has amassed an Associate Degree in Science Education as well as a Diploma in Forensic Science. As such, she Teaches Science in the classroom as well as at home, where she leads...er... co-leads The Tribe. A merry band comprising her Husband-The Chief, herself-The Priestess, and her three precocious children- the tribesmen. When she isn’t mothering, teaching, being a fangirl or feeding her chocolate addiction. She writes two blogs. Random_Michelle and Death By Expectations. View all posts by Michelle Toussaint

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