Deeper than Skin Color

16 Sep

Tony L. Jefferson, Jr.


The shade of our skin brings forth many misconceptions

Years of pain and suffering, couldn’t tarnish our soul

We are a proud people and any challenge we overcome

Our style is often imitated, our swagger can’t be touched

So beautiful and unique, so joyful and full of life

Our spirit can’t be rivaled

Words flow from my mouth and inspiration flows from my pen

They both tell a story of where I began

From the jungles of Africa

To the beaches of Haiti

To Urban America

Our story is long and deep

Our storied past will never be forgotten

Or uncertain future will continue to improve

Don’t hate one of your own, when they are doing their best to succeed

Fight for them, empower them, and rise up from oppression of the mind

In closing I leave you, with this one thought

If we can’t stand together as a people, we will fall as a race


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4 responses to “Deeper than Skin Color

  1. Neill

    September 17, 2008 at 3:39 pm

    Hi! Thanks for dropping by at my blog. I have been here in your blog before and I like the way you write. Very interesting, just keep it up.

  2. Melinda

    September 17, 2008 at 11:17 pm

    Wow–what a powerful poem. Thank you for your service to our country.

    Best Regards,


  3. timethief

    September 18, 2008 at 12:00 am

    Thank you for sharing your poem. IMO the last two lines say it all. Best wishes for a smooth transition when you return home.

  4. Cashmere

    September 19, 2008 at 4:30 am

    Love the last line….
    A short sentence with a great impact..


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