Photo courtesy of  Marvin Perkins

Photo courtesy of
Marvin Perkins

We are not

a rainbow.

I am not black.

You are not red.

I have never been


I want to shake the world

and say,

“Look at me!

Look at yourself!

Don’t you see?

all the beautiful shades

of brown.”

Just brown

light to dark

like sugar


with little significant variation;

just one

sweet color,


© 2013 DarEll S. Hoskisson (dsh)

(Marvin Perkins and his team have full permission to use and copy as desired.)

5 thoughts on “Brown

  1. I love it. My mom had it on her official passport for a while that she was spotted. The official hadn’t looked to closely (at the passport), and had he looked closely enough at her…it’s true.


  2. I’m so glad to have this picture with my poem. It was after seeing this picture that I knew I had to write something about it. Marvin Perkins is passionate about this and I am excited to share his website with you. It is,
    On his website you can order ‘we are all brown’ unity bracelets. Many of you know I have a multicultural family. This is very personal to me.
    Love to all!


  3. I read it a second time, with the picture and I cried again. Have you sent a copy of the poem to Marvin Perkins? It is wonderful!!! The picture is perfect!!


  4. I loved it too. I never thought of myself as being brown, but I am. How could anyone feel animosity towards another after reading this poem?


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