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Massachusetts Daily Collegian

Dear Me

The skin I’m in. To love me.
Will Katcher

“Dear Me”

Dear me,

I want to start by saying

I love you

And I’m sorry I haven’t loved you enough

I’m sorry it took awhile for me to love

The skin I’m in. To love me


Dear me,

But why did you choke on the word “love”

Afraid to look in the mirror

Afraid to meet the gaze of the pair of eyes that would stare back

Eyes that hold so much pain

Who taught you to hate yourself?

Dear me,

It has been a while since you reached out

Who taught me to hate myself you ask?


TV commercials, advertised chemicals meant to tame my fro, lighten my skin.

Meant to make me pretty, but they only shattered my self-esteem.

They told me to be beautiful. I had to change. I couldn’t just be a black girl.

I wouldn’t make the cut

My dark chocolate just isn’t sweet enough


And I believed them…

Believed I was ugly

Believed my black was dirty

Believed I needed fixing

If I wanted the boys to like me. If I wanted to be pretty.

And so, I scrubbed at my skin like my blackness was a sin.

Dear me,

Listen up

You’re done repenting

You’re done apologizing for being black

You’re done allowing yourself to be disrespected and objectified

You’re done shutting up and standing back

Do not forget you’re a black girl

And black girls are born warriors. Natural born fighters.

Do not forget how far you’ve come

Do not forget that you’re a queen

Do not forget that even the sun

Bows down to your melanin

Do not forget Harriet Tubman, Coretta King

Do not forget the courage of Claudette Colvin,

who refused to move to the back of the bus at just 15.

Do not forget your ancestors were Queens

Amina, Nzinga, Nefertiti

All-powerful leaders. All beautiful black women


Dear me,

You are a beautiful black woman

You are a powerful young woman

You can do anything you set your mind to

And if no one else does

Dear me, I love you


Konah Brownell is a Collegian contributor and can be reached at [email protected]

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    Samilla ThorpeFeb 25, 2020 at 8:48 am

    Wow, this is beautiful and deep. I love it. Hoping you publish this. Amazing work from a amazing young woman. May God continue to bless your creative mind

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    John Nimly BrownellFeb 25, 2020 at 6:26 am

    Well done Konah… Keep it up!!!

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    Torli KruaFeb 21, 2020 at 10:35 pm

    Great. Keep it up. Proud of you
    Pastor Torli Krua

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    ShermarieFeb 21, 2020 at 1:42 pm

    This was so well written! I really enjoyed this read, and feel that it resonated strongly. Very inspirational!

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    joeyFeb 20, 2020 at 3:57 pm

    Dear me,

    Your not narcissistic for thinking your a king .
    Your beautiful.
    Your going to be president.
    Get all the hot girls
    Everything you write will come true
    Don’t give up

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    Kolu ZigbiFeb 20, 2020 at 11:28 am

    Fantastic poem. Powerful and touching. Thank you.