the White Disease

he calls it

when I burn & peel

peel & burn

for sunscreen in Scotland is not a frequent concern.


when our boys were new

& unblemished

routinely he would say

with their Colour Skin

sunscreen is unnecessary when they go out to play.


he likes the sun

but prefers the shade

& is often asked


with your Black Skin you can just lie there & fry.


he & our boys

& their Skin on display

melanin rich

in the noonday heat

can reject my sunscreen (in this country anyway).


but I with my scaly

flaking White Disease

burn & peel

peel & burn

& know about Skin I still have much to learn.

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