When You Chase the Light
By Arla Shephard Bull
My legs have been covered in mosquito bites from the moment my family and I stepped off the plane to visit my mother’s relatives in the Philippines. I say something disparaging about my legs, my appearance. After all, I am fifteen.
But my father compliments me.
“I love the color of your legs,” he says. “Your skin is so beautiful.”
He kicks up his own dark legs, inheritance from our African ancestors, and compares them to mine. I can’t…
About the Author
Arla Shephard Bull writes creative nonfiction and poetry in the Pacific Northwest. Her creative nonfiction pieces and poems have appeared in Reservoir, Maganda Magazine, WusGood? magazine and Queen Mob’s Tea House. She is a fellow of the VONA/Voices writer’s workshop for writers of color and is a University of Washington graduate. When not writing, she spends time eating with her husband, playing with her ten-month-old son and Dachshund Scottish terrier puppy, and daydreaming of their next adventure.
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