Black Tux Of Skin

(Written at the absence of color at the Oscars)

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In forward and reverse of racial bias
Of albino fogs and sable mists
In history’s partitions and tomorrow’s hodge-podge
Of pitch black veneers and pallid Celtic coats
Above all these contradictions and paradoxes
You will find a trace of narcissism
In the white boys club on the Aryan Hills
Basking in the glow of their radiant skin tone
Forgetting for a mere runaway second
That every man is a descendent
Of the womb of Mitochondrial Eve
Who lived in far-eastern Africa
After all, every mortal will always be as dark
As his most primeval ancestor
And only as light as the bleach
Of five anomalous genes.

 

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Author: meandererworld (Dilantha Gunawardana)

Dr Dilantha Gunawardana is a molecular biologist who graduated from the University of Melbourne. He moonlights as a poet. His poems have been accepted/published in Forage, American Journal of Poetry, Kitaab, Eastlit and Ravens Perch. He mixes science with poetry for a living, when what matters is the expression of both DNA and words into something serendipitous. Although an Australian citizen, Dilantha is domiciled in Sri Lanka, his country of birth.

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