Metaphor Poem

Poem About Skin Color

This poem was inspired by the movie The Help. The main idea of the poem is how people look at people's skin color and judge them.

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This was a very true poem! I love the meaning, and it really brings out the idea of discrimination by color and how bad it is. I love it!

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Rose Painted

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Published: June 2015

If I were a Rose painted black,
would you cast me aside
like blackened, burnt rice?
Would my color tarnish my sweet smell?

If I were a Rose painted black,
would the richness of my ebony petals
make me unworthy
of being called
a Rose?

If I were a Rose painted white,
would my ivory petals be worth more than silver?
Would my sweet smell captivate
a room welcomingly?

If I were just a Rose,
sweet-smelling and vibrant
and your mind was blind...
would my color matter?

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  • by Sofia Isabella Wexler
  • 1 year ago

This was a very true poem! I love the meaning, and it really brings out the idea of discrimination by color and how bad it is. I love it!

  • by Rose Galbert
  • 2 years ago

I love it but I wish it told me what metaphors were in the poem.

  • by Amber M. Patterson, Jefferson City, TN
  • 2 years ago

This person seems like they don't seem to exist or want to. They seem like they are afraid of what people think, well honey it shouldn't matter what people think, only what you think, and don't let people affect what you think of yourself. This was a good poem though.

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