Black girl,

wear your melanin like a cloak of superpowers.

wear it like the mean stares don’t faze you.

Like the shouts of disapproval

don’t scare you.

Black girl,

own your melanin.

Let your brown eyes

and your beautiful brown skin

glow with each passing day.

Let the sunrise,

illuminate that beauty,

let the sunset capture

all that brown

and as you walk in the dark alleys,

where danger lurks ,

for you more than anyone else,

may your brown be like a source

of hope

may it keep you safe,

your beautiful cloak of brown.