An Indian Girl

Featured Illustration: Upasana Agarwal


I used to feel


In my own skin


My dark brown hue

And even my kin


I longed to be white

A product of systematic racism

I longed to feel accepted

But instead was locked in a prison


Of my mind


Of my culture


Less than divine


Worrying about tanning

Worrying about police brutality

Worrying about feeling like an outcast

I lost my sanity


Not being represented in books

Eyes gaze through

When we were younger


Feeling like an exception

As opposed to society’s member

Sanjana Karthik

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