Broken Skin

Updated: Nov 27, 2021

Hate reverberates beneath laughter's echo

Thinly veiled

Splitting respectability's facade.

You speak as though the words are not yours

A ventriloquist's puppet

Mastered by racism.


Reflection mirrors back uncertain identity

Brown skin seared over xenophobic heat.

Family and friends stoke flames of personal abrogation

Culture erased under discrimination's denial

History mocked by blissful ignorance.


"Make me a curry!"

"Go home!"

"It's just a joke!"

Confusion traumatises fragile growth

Searching for evasive affirmation

What the fuck is wrong with me?