Melanin

You love the look of my melanin

But might not like the skin I’m in

And to think love and like are synonyms

Some look at my blackness as sickness

An antigen

Snakes around me like symbiotes

Just want to let the venom in

Poison other’s judgments

And let cruel thoughts sink in

Can’t take away my skin color 

I’m not gonna sit down and roll over

Not gonna come on over to your point of view

This ain’t political red rover

Red rover 

Sadly they gonna still gonna act the same if I get pulled over

They may say I fit the description

Incorrectly lead to my conviction

And if I don’t concede to submission

There could be lethal consequences

That contribute to the division

And it’s sad

No wonder why mad

We been dealing with this for years

And you think my melanin is still a fad

It takes fifteen seconds to use our culture to change a life

And it takes less than that whenever they decided take our life

You may like me for my melanin

But not like the skin I’m in

Damn, the world we living in 

And it’s sad
No wonder why we’re mad….

You may love me for my melanin
But not like the skin I’m in
Damn, the world we living in



Reggie Johnson is a poet reigning from Cincinnati, Ohio. Starting at the age of nine, Reggie has been writing poetry through their love of music and life experiences. He has 9 books now available on Amazon. You can follow him on Twitter @r_d_johnson and on IG @rdjohnsonwrites

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