Watch me proudly display my

tiger stripes.

Every jagged line and every

streaked pattern,

Tells tales of the history

this melanin

Filled body had gone through;

War stories and endless battles.

Wars of weight gain and of loss,

and others from aging.

You’ll confuse some scars from

when I got hit by a car

with some of these stripes.

I wear, bare, and claim all the same.

This tiger wears her strips

regardless of their story.


Image: by White Fire Bird

via Daily Prompt: Pattern