Weekly Featured Poem 6.8.20

A poem from Kari Riley in anticipation of her debut poetry book

But as soon as someone sees the vessel

This universe put me in,

They forget that underneath all this skin,

Is all this soul.

And I want them to know,

It’s even more beautiful

than the shape of my bones.

~Kari Riley

Copyright © 2020 by Kari Riley.  Reprinted by permission of the author.

Photo provided by Kari Riley

Notes From R.K.

Kari Riley is a fellow Jack Wild poet and a good friend of mine here in Los Angeles, California. Outside of her career as a model, Kari fights for recognition beyond her appearance. She longs for all to hear and feel the contents of her soul.

Judgment has befallen each one of us because of our outer shell. Whether it be skin color, looks, height, and or age, we have all been guilty of judging and being judged. This poem is a beautiful reminder of seeing someone’s humanity instead of their bones.

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