The Sun's rays

Itoro Udofia is an artist and writer living in Amherst, MA. Currently, she is attending graduate school to study social justice and education. Her work focuses primarily on the African Diaspora, black womanhood, identity, solidarity, and love. She hopes to continue using art as a tool for social justice. 

Little girl’s trying to chase the sun’s rays
Hoping to bag it ‘fore the lights go out
Someone told her she’s one of the sun’s chosen ones
That the sun makes sure to kiss those it loves
Someone explained.
 “That’s why you’re dark skinned.”
Ever since…
She’s been trying to bag the sun’s rays
Keep it for herself to play
And to fend off those who say she should be other
Than what she is

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