In My Skin

I admit that I love seeing my sisters seemingly bare-faced/with no makeup. Natural. I don’t care if they have acne, acne scars, blemishes or bumps. But, from the outside looking in, it’s so easy and instinctual to judge based on appearance alone. I often think

she doesn’t need all that makeup

she’s doing too much 

or I bet she’s prettier without it

-never a thought of what she sees when she wakes up and looks in the mirror. Never a thought of how ugly she may think she is without a full face. Never a thought of how her confidence might zoom from 0 to 100 after she applies what she deems necessary. Never a thought that she could never even go as far as her mailbox without makeup in fear of being judged. Never a thought that if she did show her natural beauty, people would only see her “flaws.”

Until now.

Sure, some ladies do overdo it, but many are just trying to look and feel their best to get through another day.

Her testimony was very sobering indeed.



  1. nidotopianwarrior · October 29

    Free form poetry at it’s finest. I have no words to describe that sistah’s poem, I’m just stunned

    Liked by 1 person

  2. nshami14 · October 29

    Ooomph! Second-coming of Ntozake Shange, and yet herself. Powerful.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Resa · November 2

    Yes, sobering, indeed!

    Liked by 1 person

  4. 25, Black, and Alive · November 3

    Definitely an eye opener!

    Liked by 1 person

  5. Kushite Prince · November 4

    Wow! Deep! No words. * shaking head*

    Liked by 1 person

  6. Marquita · November 4

    Reblogged this on Thoughts & Rants. Love & Life..

    Liked by 1 person

  7. nosyjosie · November 18

    I was so inspired by this that I started writing a piece from it. Thank you for sharing!

    Liked by 1 person

    • kelley · November 18

      SO glad to hear that! And you are very welcome. It definitely changed my outlook.

      Liked by 1 person

  8. tunisiajolyn84 · November 19


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