I'll paint my skin black In every spot, in every crack When a happy moment Was tainted by a touch that lingered far too long. All those days under a burning sun, Running, hiding, from eyes that incessantly follow Looking over my shoulder, with feet that fumble, Praying not to fall, Quickly dashing down a hallway, Hoping four walls of a home will keep me secure. As my breathless body is reduced To a mere statue made of stone, You run your gnarly fingers over my decaying flesh and bones. “Smile a little more”, “Here,see what I've got”- I cower in fear, powerless, And they wonder why I don't speak out soon. So instead, I'll pen this down To stop myself from counting, Every memory seared into my brain, Every time I've felt less human, Every time I've felt disgraced. Maybe tomorrow, I won't wake up screaming.