Your skin like dawn
Mine like musk

from Maya Angelou – Passing Time on Rap Genius

Meaning

Dawn to Musk

The poem consists of a metaphor between skin and sky.

Maya Angelou compares white skin to “dawn.”

Implicitly, through the use of “musk,” she compares darker skin to “dusk.”

The synesthesia of “musk” — relating smell to color — adds connotations of funk.

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