Do You See Me?

Do you even know my name

What are all the labels you use when you see my face?

What color do you categorize my skin?

Melanin is a beautiful thing

We all have it

 

Why do you put all these labels on me without even knowing me?

How long must I prove my worth

And why does yours come “free”

 

I feel sorry for the spell of disease you are under

The disease that doesn’t see me

Flesh to flesh

I’m still a human to touch

 

Remember when we used to be friends on the playground

Carefree and living in love

Do you see me?

I’m still the same person

 

Even after all of this history we’ve shared

I wish for you to be freed from your disease

If you don’t see me

Then you don’t see you

And you clearly don’t see the Me that resides within You

 

Photograph by Nathan Dumlao