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Dull Purpose

Updated: Apr 26, 2021

Ekphrasis in Verse 2018

“Black & White Photographs / Dull Purpose” by Thelia Burts


by Onyx Lee


With Blurred visuals my message remains the same Through generations of turmoil my race isn’t new to pain Many mental scars and generational anger still remain This grey can’t hide my black putting all my obstacles to shame For don’t hate others, they don’t like us but can’t explain


It is the fro? Or maybe the way this blouse pops my skin? Because regardless of your insecurities my black still wins A combination of hatred has youth minorities preparing to defend This grey and white filters my eccentric glow so they may shine once again


Don’t wish me progress…don’t pity me Because the memories of our history have me filled with empathy For the world judges our children on their tendencies We’ll all have to add color to this earth Eventually



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