I have come to the realization
that as a woman of color
I will one day have
with the bittersweet blessing
to give birth to a beautiful black baby.
Only the third time
I have labeled something
One day some half-human may
by the color of my child’s ancestry,
might feel compelled to “defend” themselves
or their neighborhood from the foreign
hue of their skin
forcing a mother like me
to say good-bye
Laws protect people like them,
but don’t allow us to
protect our children.
In order to ensure my child’s safety,
living in a gated community is not enough.
I may be better off giving in
to America’s stiff-arm approach
to water down my history
by marrying a white man
just to have lighter babies–
saving them from someday suffering.
Every unborn child of color
is already an endangered species.
God’s gifts at risk of revocation
before they’ve even arrived.