doe__eyes (doe__eyes) wrote in moosespresso,

oldish but revised.

9. Black

My hair blends into the night
showing up my face,
bright from the flash of a camera:
olive? tawny? just tanned?
I can’t tell

The eyes my mother gave me
and my father
and my grandparents –
almost almond shaped
black, just barely
like my hair –
my eyes resist red-eye
in all my pictures.
I’m just
lucky, I guess.

(Not raven
Not black as night
Not coal
Not even black, really)

My hair shows up charred in some lights
sometimes miscellaneous shades of red –
changing, always
as if my hair naturally reflects somehow
my changing perception
of where I fit in these generations
of black-haired, almond-eyed relatives


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