Skin and Him

Deep multicolored hues emanating from its surface in all directions
Voracious and cruel like a black hole, ripping the borders of lighter brown nearby
Seeding and spreading through the crimson water
Eventually arriving at the home of thought, pleasure, and personality
Shutting it down like an ember drowned by the morning rain
Pronounced dead shortly, his lifeless body calling my name

Despite his protective pigment
If only he had known
If only he was told
If only he wore the protective white paste
He could have been saved from the black hole

by Ajay Kailas, a third year medical student at University of Central Florida who is interested in dermatology, diversity, and skin of color. Skin and Him is about a dark-skinned person who dies from metastatic melanoma.

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About David Elpern

The Online Journal of Community and Person-Centered Dermatology (OJCPCD) is a free, full text, open-access, online publication that addresses all aspects of skin disease that concern patients, their families, and practitioners. ‚ÄčIt was founded in 2012 by Dr. David J. Elpern, M.D. in Williamstown, MA. with technical help from Inez Tan.

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