I take no pride

in being white

this is merely the skin

that my soul landed in

the fact that you make such a big fuss

about the color of yours

makes me think

that you don’t think

enough

about your soul

unbound

beautiful

absolutely unique

with an important contribution

to the benefit of us all

your soul yearns for connection

just be wary of the lies

shouted by the darkness

that there’s safety in numbers

of people just like you

and that the time has come

for you to choose a side

your soul cannot be bound

by race

gender

religion

or politics

these are barbed wire fences

on a charred landscape

where freedom goes to die

take pride in being a brother,

a sister, or mother

to all the souls

you will ever meet

this is your destiny

the full expression of your soul

of human experience

of God as He exists within each of us

this is the truth

and your soul knows it

aches for it

yearns

and all you have to do

is learn to let go

of the color

of your skin

***

This is the twenty-third poem of my personal 30-day poetry challenge to break away from the machine to think about things that don’t matter. I have no idea what I’m doing. – Jim

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Jim Mitchem

Writer. Father to daughters. Husband. Ad man. Raised by wolves. @jmitchem on twitter. First novel, Minor King, out now.

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