Duly Noted

i only knew
i was delivered
as go-between
between mom&dad
sky&sheet
two nurses pumping
and pulling me out.
the most beautiful
forceped-thing they
ever saw, so they cried.
that’s what they say.
& that i never did.
i just observed, took note
of the miraculous air,
God in the skin of light.
i knew i was not a jessica or a brandy
because dad named me angela
like the pretty little chiquita
he happened to meet on a side job.
they never told me that.
i’m making note of it now.
her brown skin was wonderful.
i’m adding that part.

for Real Toads

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24 thoughts on “Duly Noted

  1. I really like your poetic style – the short lines do not impede flow and you know how to infuse a lot of meaning into a small space.

    1. Very astute of you to pick up what I was barely saying in the closing lines. I love beautiful brown skin. However, my ancestors have held grudges and ill will towards the Hispanic community. It’s complicated, sad, and embarrassing. My grandfather was killed by his Hispanic neighbor.

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