Locked out

I climb the wall

Not of my own house

But one I used to know

You left your keys

And I can fit through

Your bedroom window

It’s a tight fit

And naturally I’m

Nervous

So I keep my eyes on the carpet

Of the floor

As I reach the floor

The time we were locked out

Hogwarts

As Snape snarl at my

Hufflepuff robe

An owl drops in mail

And I witness

The social interaction

Of someone getting a howler

From their mom

Their grades have gone down

What’s more Headless Nick laughs

As I walk by

The great hall illuminates to

Welcomes me

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The most interesting person I’ve met

Probably doesn’t exist

I wait

In the hopes

Someone completely

My opposite

Becomes my friend

Fireflies

I pretend that fireflies

Come around to remind me

That there’s more than one light

That the mask I wear everyday

Isn’t the sign of

Something nefarious

Instead I add some words

To the strange adage

The truth shall set you free

I add: Maybe if they don’t kill you

Right away

And as I hurriedly walk past

My eyes lowered

My breath quick

I think not of the treeline

With strange fruit

Hanging like apples

I prefer to think

That fireflies are coming

In the heat

To make me think

We’re safe

I.

I exist.

Here in the city

Where big shoulders

Tower

But sometimes I cower

At the sight of blue and red lights

The color of freedom

Hypocrisy

I exist

And sometimes my skin’s

A challenge

To an authority

Their eyes watching me

I exist

Yes I do,

I’ve got a better chance of dying

From a bullet than you

I exist

And that’s just it

I’m here

And my spirit won’t

Quit

I exist

Do your worst

I whisper it

Those ideas get us killed

Even keeping your head down

Isn’t a guarantee

I exist

And sometimes

I wonder why we’re

Brown

I exist

And that’s ok

I think as long as I

Stand out of the way

American DNA

There’s a language

Unbeknownst to me that

Allows people to take

Less than acceptable ownership

Of their role in a society

That doesn’t value a growing

Populace

Make America Great Again

Roughly translates

Make America White Again

This viewpoint

Does not shock

Nor does it amaze

It is simply and distinctively

Interwoven into the country’s

DNA

Lynchings

Beatings

Murders

DNA

And yet people

Seem desperate to prove otherwise

DNA

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Soft breeze

Cooled water

The sip of citrus

A friend’s roaring laughter

The click of the joystick beneath my thumb

As the sunsets

A game night

Curiosity

If I remember nothing else

About childhood it’s what happens

After my bedtime

The idea that I missed out

On some unknown world

Frustrated me

Now of course I count

The restless hours

I do sleep

And laugh

So long a child’s curiosity

25 hours and a hole

We pack the car

Sandwiches and all

I wave to my house

Before day fall

Every once in awhile

The littlest one wakes up

From a bump under the backseat

Tire

We only made 10 stops that day

4 bathroom breaks

3 to fill up the tank

2 to stretch our legs

And 1 by cops asking where we were

Headed

It takes 25 hours

And too many Disney movies

To see a hole in the ground

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My tight coiled hair fills the frame

Of an otherwise short existence

They tell me “heat. Add heat”

To straighten and elongate

What’s more they say it’s not enough

And so I add extra chemicals that burn

 

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The rain and humidity aggravates

My efforts to fit in to this tight box

My hair begins to shrivel

Outsiders laugh and gawk

Asking to touch what is not theirs

They think me eccentric

 

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All the posters all around straighten out

Can’t get me down

I take my tight coiled hair to shake

I watch it puff and expand and

Rightfully take command.

It’s natural. Treat it so. 100% mine

 

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