The Power Within

The Power Within

The Power Within: A Poem for Humanity

Darlene Reilley


You speak of equality.

You speak of generalities.

But you only see

The pigment on me.


I stand here to say

I am more than the color of my skin.

I am more than you think I am.


But there’s something else.

So. Are. You.


You are more than the color of your skin.

You are light eternal.

The spark itself that creates existence

All you see, touch, hear, and taste.

You are more than history.

You are more than present.

You are greater than the sum of all ages.

You are the sum of over 200,000 years of evolution.

You are the height of knowledge.

You are the sum of all your ancestors.

Millions have died so that you may live.


Generations have fought and bled and wept

So that you may have the present

in it’s imperfect state.


You, my darling, are

the reason

the meaning

the hope

and the being.


So when you’re










Please keep in mind

We all are the same

Beneath the skin.


I speak to you of anthropology,

A big word that encompasses all of humanity

And with this, I’d like to share

A glimmer of knowledge.


This is the call of my people

The call of those who stay up all night

Trying to perfect art

The workers in the coal mines just trying to get by,

The street cleaners

The day laborers

The muscles

The artists

and the brains.


Without each and every one of you,

This world is not the same.


So when you’re going about your day,

Please keep in mind

That today is the last day for some

And speak with love in mind.


Please fill your dance card

With love and light and sounds

That make you happy and keep your inner spark

From burning out.


Only you can prevent depression.

Only you can help a stranger in need.

Only you can make this life worth living.

Only you must believe


That while we vary slightly from sea to shining sea,

Beneath the hair,

Beneath the freckles,

Beneath the skin,

We are all humanity.


Go with the day and celebrate

Your call to shining arms

Because you are

The sun amidst the stars.

That spark of life that made us all

Is deep inside of you.

Please, my friend, be gentle,

And be honest, and be true.

Remember you are larger than what you think you are

You are the inside of a shining star.



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About Darlene Reilley

Hey, I'm Darlene, a nomadic writer and teacher. If you're looking for writing prompts, inspiration, and a fellow writer to commiserate with, you've come to the right place. If you're a reader looking for a fun mix of poetry, romance, science and fiction, you've found a buddy!
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