Your beauty

Your beauty is beyond likes on social media

Your beauty is beyond compliments on your best day

It is beyond lingering stares and a satisfying reflection

It is beyond the fade or the twist out.

Your beauty is as old as time

It is the soft yellow skin passed

From generation to generation

It is the undiluted black pigmentation

Tanned by centuries of an African sun

It is the flat nose of a long forgotten ancestor

It is the slightly bowed legs of a great-grandfather

It is the unruly locks of your people before you

It is the tall slender frame of a tribe of runners

It is the deep voice of warriors who conquered

It is the light sound of women who sang under the light of many moons

Your beauty is in your gait,

In the assuredness with which you carry yourself,

Reflective of those who came before you, men and women

Who marched on the institutions of oppression, men and women

Who fought with intellect and will that your gait and where it could lead you

Would never again be restricted by the powers that be

Your beauty is beyond the restrictions of societal definitions

It is in the history you carry and in the stories you reflect

It is in the continent I see when I look at you

It is in the pride with which you carry yourself

And one day I hope that as you come upon your reflection

You see not a person but an embodiment of a people

Striving to become all that they can become

HASSAN JUDITH

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