Melanin

Melanin,
Why were you made?
Was it just to shield our skin from the sun’s rays?
Or as a reminder that we are more
Same than different,
More one than thousands,
More closely knit than we think?
Unlike blood
That courses red in every vein
You choose how to
Appear,
Sometimes in a cloak of black
Others like a splash of white
Others like a shade of red
But we know you are brown.
Thank you,
For being so kind,
Leaving our
Palms and nails pink
Our cornea and teeth white.
A reminder if you will
That you
Are only skin deep.