The Skin That I'm In: A Poem

Updated on July 17, 2018
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Dana Tate has been painting pictures with words from childhood. She has a passion for life and a heart for romance.

As I began to study the Word I slowly evolved into a strong, confident, woman. This poem is a reflection of my celebration from childhood to adulthood. As stereotypes that were embedded since childhood began to fall away, I learned to appreciate all of creation through the flawless eyes of an Artist.

When the Artist set out to create, more than likely He didn't seek input, but created according to His desire. Have you ever wondered how we can appreciate the beauty and differences in animals; yet, some cannot appreciate the beauty and differences in others.

When I first wrote this poem many years ago I penned it "My Nappy Hair" but then I allowed one of my girlfriends to read it and she felt I was criticizing women for not embracing their natural beauty. I had to correct her and tell her the poem is not so much about "Nappy Hair," per say, but about me learning to love myself not through the flawed eyes of mankind but through the flawless eyes of a Creator. Consequently, the poem was renamed to "The Skin That I'm In."

My Nappy Hair.

I love my nappy hair

I love this glorious skin that I wear

My color is chocolate

Its blended so fine

I love my full lips and my round behind


And I really don't care what society has to say

I am beautiful, God made me this way

And to hate myself is a disgrace to Him

So I'll walk with pride in this skin that I am in


There is nothing about me that I would change

In the eyes of my Father, I am perfect in every way

Imagine if I did, God may look at me and say

"Who are you? You're not the child that I created"


His beautiful creations are pleasing to His eyes

God designed us all with His vision in mind

And because I was created for the glory of Him

I'll just walk with pride in this skin that I am in



So no, there is nothing about me that I would change

By the hands of my Father, I am perfect and tailor made

And, what society thinks, I really don't care

Now you know why I love

my nappy hair


© 2018 Dana Tate

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    • Dana Tate profile imageAUTHOR

      Dana Tate 

      3 weeks ago from LOS ANGELES

      Manatita44. Thank you so much for appreciating my poem you are too kind. Yes, I must admit I do favor the rhyming poems and more with a lyrical or spoken word flow. It is always a pleasure to hear from you. God, bless.

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      manatita44 

      3 weeks ago from london

      Excellent piece! I believe you told me you liked the rhyming ones. Did you? Not bad at all! Of course the poem says a lot more than just rhyme. In that sense it's a bit like my freestyle.

      An excellent work!

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      Dana Tate 

      3 weeks ago from LOS ANGELES

      John Cuevas. Nice to meet you. I love your comment about not focusing on our own imperfections or others for that matter. But learning to love our flawed selves through the flawless eyes of God. John, you totally get it. Thank you for reading and leaving a nice comment.

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      John Ray 

      3 weeks ago from Philippines

      Great poem, Ma'am Dana. I loved it. We should really love ourselves and focus on the positive things in life. We should just be the real, imperfect persons we are and not be concerned of the approval of others because in God's eyes, we are the most perfect creations.

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      Dana Tate 

      3 weeks ago from LOS ANGELES

      It has been awhile. I had computer problems and so forth, but I'm back to reading and writing. Yes, Mabel. When I wrote the poem and allowed others to read it they felt I was making a statement about not accepting ones natural beauty but the poem is just the opposite it's making a statement about the Creator and how He created us according to His desire. I think it's so beautiful that God created us according to what was beautiful in His eyes. And, that's a powerful statement on how beautiful we are individually. Thank you for reading and commenting.

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      Dana Tate 

      3 weeks ago from LOS ANGELES

      Mark Tulin. Nice to meet you. Thank you for reading and leaving a comment.

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      mabelhenry 

      3 weeks ago from Harrisburlg, Pennsylvania

      Hey Dana:

      What is going on? It has been a minute. Enjoyed the poem, it tells it like it is. Though unfortunate, diversity doesn't resonate with everyone, and you will have to conclude that you like the skin you are in.

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      Mark Tulin 

      3 weeks ago from Santa Barbara, California

      nice poem. good message.

    • Dana Tate profile imageAUTHOR

      Dana Tate 

      3 weeks ago from LOS ANGELES

      Dr Pran, you seemed to have summed up the whole purpose of the poem in just a few words. Remember when we were kids all we saw were our friends and nothing else mattered. Then we began to hear things that changed our point of view. You know the bible says unless you turn and become like little children you will not enter into the Kingdom of God. Matthew 18:3. It means to have a pure heart "innocence" What I found is some people have a need to feel superior and its actually the sin of pride. Thank you for reading and commenting.

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      Dr Pran Rangan 

      3 weeks ago from Kanpur (UP), India

      It is a beautiful poem indeed as it has really touched me. I too believe that we all are perfect creations of the God but we can't see the perfection in others because our original child-like innocence and naturalness has been taken over by our ego.

      Thanks Dana for sharing it.

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      Dana Tate 

      3 weeks ago from LOS ANGELES

      Thank you Frank. I've been away for awhile but I totally intend to get caught up on all your stories.

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      Dana Tate 

      3 weeks ago from LOS ANGELES

      Thank you Chitrangada, I appreciate you for saying that.

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      Dana Tate 

      3 weeks ago from LOS ANGELES

      Eric, you are always too kind. Of course beauty from the inside always resonate on the outside. Thanks for reading and leaving a comment.

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      Dana Tate 

      3 weeks ago from LOS ANGELES

      Elijah, I agree with you One Hundred Percent. It was very liberating for me when I began to seek the will of God, more than the will of man. Then my eyes opened to not just my beauty, but the beauty of all God's handiwork. Thank you for reading and commenting.

    • Dana Tate profile imageAUTHOR

      Dana Tate 

      3 weeks ago from LOS ANGELES

      Thank you John. I wrote this poem almost eight years ago. I thought it was time to share it. I appreciate your comment.

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      Frank Atanacio 

      3 weeks ago from Shelton

      Dana Tate.. just loved it..period!

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      3 weeks ago from New Delhi, India

      This is so beautiful, inspirational and powerful!

      This confidence should be there in girls and boys. Take pride in who you are, as created by the Almighty, and strive to be a good human being.

      Thank You for sharing this wonderful poem!

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      Eric Dierker 

      3 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      "He does da best he kin. he does the nappy chin". We said this as elders demanded we not criticize boys who were late to puberty.

      I would look real crosswise at someone who saw less than your beauty.

      This just made me think for a second that as is in my home we may not have the same skin tone. Interesting.

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      Elijah A Alexander Jr 

      3 weeks ago from Washington DC

      What a way to show you are proud of who you are. I've discovered when one loves oneself as they are people love us as we are but when others can make us feel little ourselves they glory in knowing they have power over us. Stay strong, sister, and understanding will become yours.

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      John Hansen 

      3 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

      What a wonderful poem, Dana, and really inspiring and empowering (as Shannon said). I totally love the subject and the flow.

    • Dana Tate profile imageAUTHOR

      Dana Tate 

      4 weeks ago from LOS ANGELES

      Shannarie, you are too kind. Thank you so very much for reading and appreciating my poem.

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      Shannon Henry 

      4 weeks ago from Texas

      This is ....gosh, I don't have a word for it right now. It's there on the tip of my tongue, yet I can't quite find the right one. Empowering....inspiring...synonyms along those line. . .As I read it, I could picture the woman you describe standing before an audience reciting that poem. And I thought of Maya Angelou.

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