The Color of Their Skin is What Defines Most People, so Barren

Katerina Canyon​

But you and I are completely exquisite,

you said, as most do when minds combine.


When you and I first met, no, nix that,

it was a little later,

in the woods, and you took me to

see the crisp snow, in the Cuyamaca

Mountains, when the first flake kissed my lips.


That is when I first saw color.

Katerina Canyon grew up in Los Angeles and has two children. From 2000 to 2003, she served as the Poet Laureate of Sunland-Tujunga. During that time, she started a poetry festival and ran several poetry readings in the area. She has been published in New York Times and Huffington Post. Her book, Changing Lines, a joint project with her daughter, which features a collection of her latest works is available online.