They looked around in wonderment and awe,
As they stumbled across the humanity galore;
Dark, bright luscious faces muddled in the crowd,
Milky white freckled peers cheered out loud.
They mingled and smiled and walked hand in hand,
Colours meshed together, blurred in this beautiful land;
Identities here ran rampant and jolly,
Oblivious to the divisions of manmade folly.
Soon, the harsh reality sank in...
Brown and white and dark and light,
Each name had its own plight;
You're dusky and that's the biggest problem,
Achievements are, with your color, not in tandem.
Milestones ticked and eyes that twinkled
For new adventures that shone and sparkled;
Were slowly dulled with brickbats and taunts,
"Oh! With your dark color what do you want to flaunt?"
The fair one was made to sit on a gilded chair,
Giggling they said, "Beauty and brains can never be a pair."
Her qualifications and degrees were laughed upon,
"Oh! You topped?" and they smirked and spurned.
Groped and persued, constantly was she followed,
Catcalls and whistles, all around her bellowed;
For her, that milky skin was a scar,
Her brilliant mind considered nothing, but a farce.
And in this din of derogatory remarks,
And the cacophony of unpleasant marks;
The dark and the light lay muddled,
Charting rough terrains they fumbled.
Their dreams and their passions lay hidden,
The flimsy exteriors battled the beauty within;
For not one, erased the boundaries of the myriad of colours,
Which lay cocooned amidst the manmade barriers.
Disregarding the multifarious hues,
Mocking the nature's beautiful clues;
Oh! The varied palate and the colourful rainbows;
Lay in tatters by those furtive words and blows...