Scrubbing off stains of origin,
man has always sought to cleanse
away the taints of original sin.
But somehow we’d see him begin
to transfer the blame of this offense
to the pigmentation found in skin.
So half do scrub those stains
until they chafe with the hopes
that salvation they might reclaim.
The others taint self deliberately
the cells deemed to be too pale
with hopes to taste darkened divinity.
Accents clipped and culture trimmed
to make appearance more palatable,
and to render difference somewhat dimmed.
But for those that fit not here nor there
scrubbing skin nor dying it bronze
will welcome you here nor anywhere.
Lost at home and lost abroad,
mixes carry the weight of varied kin
and cannot escape the limbo of origin.