Everywhere

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Black girl

sits in English building called home, I mean – council property, owned by the borough her parents rent from.

Black girl

brushes her teeth with a paste formula originating from Greeks and Romans, washes hair with Moroccan Argan oil, moisturises it with Filipino coconut oil, seals her skin with Ghanaian shea butter.

Black girl

traces hand over Saharan cornrows as she runs down the stairs, bow-legged.

Black girl

prepares Scottish oats in water, no cow milk, she is lactose intolerant. Adds honey from endangered bees to sweeten her sour expression.

Black girl

picks up kettle, pours boiling water in travel mug of Middle Eastern peppermint leaves, leaves to cool.

Black girl

stares at her working-class reflection in a silver spoon, face crowned with waves made, shaved, by those of Brazil.

Black girl

looks at American watch with English time GMT, raises eyebrows threaded by Indian women… she is running late.

Black girl

runs flat-footed to heels made in Italy, swings bag made in France over her shoulder.

Black girl

walks past German and Japanese cars, puts headphones in, listens to Afrobeat tunes produced by Nigerians.

Black girl

sees old buddies on her way to the station, speaks London slang derived from Jamaican patois, trespasses onto the platform.

Black girl

jumps onto train, crowded by other ethnicities, looks down at phone made in China, powered by copper from the Congo.

Black girl

arrives at work on time, smiles at receptionist either from Essex or Eastern Europe, she is certainly from one of the ‘E’s’.

Black girl

greets African security guard – she hasn’t had time to ask him which part of the continent he is from but now is not the time.

Black girl

finds her desk, looks at blank computer screen made in Indonesia, fires it up, catches sight of her reflection before the intranet appeared.

Black girl

with deep skin tone unearthed somewhere temperate, darkened by Santorini sun from her three-day getaway can barely see herself, almost misses herself.

 

Black girl,

next time when they ask where you are from, say everywhere.

Because you are from everywhere.

Yes I said everywhere.

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