Dear dark skin woman:
how gracefully
you carry the night,
causing every part of day
to pause in your wake.

Dear dark skin woman:
Your surface is as fearless
as I wish I could be,
strong as my mother,
stronger than me.

Dear dark skin woman:
That smile resting upon
the sky that is your face
beams its rays on me
like a cloudless moon.

Dear dark skin woman:
Your laugh commands thunder,
your grief summons monsoons
your speech evokes lightning;
your presence heaven’s boon.

Dear dark skin woman:
I hope your daughters carry
the earth with the same
amount of pride, with the same
light that rests in your eyes.

Dear dark skin woman:
Your kindness, your words,
I will never forget.

—  Nav K
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