White-Girl Me
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I want to be a black woman
Pretty-pretty black with soul
A sister in a leopard hat
Dressed in firmly-butted gold

I want to be a chinese girl
Mini-tits of yellow soft
History steeped in pickled eggs
In a shiny silky top

I want to be an Indian
Running sleek and taut and brave
Leather-braided red pow-wow
With an ancestry to save

White-girl me got no suntan
I got dirty blonde distress
With only daddy’s old guitar
And a flowered denim dress

I wish I was hispanic
Had some pigment to my skin
Anything but ghostly white
When the swimming suits come in


Karryn
4-28-99


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