Some skin are meant to be brown
To trap the sun blindly, unknowingly,
And make for an easy friendliness
In a sea of blue eyes and sunlit faces.
Some voices are meant to be high pitched
To herald pieties and free camaraderie,
Despite the brown skin almost yellow,
The pocked skin not quite smooth and fair.
Some skin are bound to be touched,
Caressed with the warmth of wonder
For what is between black and white,
Neither kin nor foe towards the lone light.
- Ramon Loyola 2016
Ramon Loyola is a Filipino-Australian writer of poems, fiction and non-fiction. He is the author of three books of poetry and a short story chapbook. He lives in Sydney and works as a lawyer.