What they see

when they do not see

anything but the cloth over bones

its hue and texture

I won’t be given a chance to illustrate

whether I possess the kinetic DNA within my manifestation

for it matters not

to anyone, you are holding within you

a rainbow, when the color you inhabit

through lottery and variance

dissuades them from believing

you are anything but

that plain, dreary composite of the conquer

able to get a seat at North-side restaurants

while others are told; sorry we’re taking bookings

for next week

in that experience there lies a divide

sometimes between siblings, one fair, one keening

toward onyx

while I observe the differentiation

like the whet of a sharp knife carving out marrow

I would ask

do not make the mistakes your subjugators revelled in

invite your sisters of a lighter hue

sometimes we sit here watching you

braid your hair and soak up the sun

wanting so much to be part of

what our DNA says we are

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  1. This is intense without being overpowering. Especially these lines: “I would ask

    do not make the mistakes your subjugators revelled in

    invite your sisters of a lighter hue

    sometimes we sit here watching you

    braid your hair and soak up the sun

    wanting so much to be part of

    what our DNA says we are”

    Brilliantly done, Candice.

  2. Candice, well done. You may have timed this such, but tomorrow a major step in US history will be taken with the swearing in of Senator Kamala Harris as vice-president. Not only is she the first woman (long over due), she is the first African-American and Indian-American (with her dual lineage) to reach this status.

    In an interview with CBS Sunday Morning News, she said she had been told “no” at every level of achievement she strived to earn, eventually breaking through. The line that resonated with me is she “eats ‘no’ for breakfast.” Although her parents divorced, her Indian-American mother made sure she took pride in her African-American heritage.

    Whether people agree with her politics or not, this is a big deal that we all should celebrate. Keith

    1. Indeed we did! thank you and we intended to publish The Kali Project today also with that in mind, as it is an anthology of Indian women throughout the world writing and of course, Kamala Harris …. I do hope you will consider purchasing a copy to support this worthy cause. Thank you so very much. It is a very big deal and I utterly agree with you.

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