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Creature from the Black Lagoon
King Kong
Sorry to Bother You
Get Out
Stepin Fetchit
Little Black Sambo
Mythical Negro

black face
I play limbo trying to keep pace
in this race
this seesaw game
I refuse to play
this universal symbol
a way to convey
to degrade me
to rap lyrics
and fashion trends
white kids will soon mimic
horror films with racist tropes

this black face is mine
but I don’t own it

so it becomes a part of
the struggle
to show you
and myself
the ability
to forgive and reconnect