trace

Love,
to the naked eye
left the world
left traces
only in hurting places
where material was at a deficit
where third world
was the first to know
the second
of the departure

no one listened
no one heard
nor respected the voices
their class
caste
and deemed
them untouchable
unlovable
yet they felt
they sensed
the digression,
ascension,
and wept sorely
til tear ducts
went bankrupt
and faith is depleted

the bitter cup
of pessimism
cast shadows
and love was resurrected unaware
without a trace

Trace

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dreams

Spoke dreams not tangible to a place that I could touch

but called crazy

when my name was tough to say

and I answered

and I invited anxiety in

made scrumpets 

poured chamomile 

while being talked 

back to safety

convinced 

to never utter 

dreams

to never reach,

expect,

or believe

I obeyed

by flooding my sight

and my site 

with images 

of dreams not tangible

to a place I could touch

until I can feel them

beautiful explosion

oracles told
of dark bodies stripped of clothes
led away in chains
against their will

there will
be recompense
and present tense
updates
remain relevant

real regiments
resonate
through slave quarters
the pestilence
resonates through generations

conduits
seraphic
rapturous
rapture minds
up from
up to
return from
return to
ignite flames of revolution
and it is beautiful
and it is an explosion

Detonate

radiate

southern heat
heats southern concrete
makes for a challenging journey
said worn southern feet

the sun watched
listened
recorded
and shared anecdotes
of brown flesh
baked to heal,
setting to weep
and share with

the moon
the lunar shaped welts
common in Bible belts
each notch
tightened reins
tightened reigns
and Kings fell

the sun watched
and listened
its emissions
another mission
of strengthening
frames

Radiate

infuse

the air is infused
with words that the successful are made of
brewing in sun’s light
enough to turn water
to tea
and skip A,B,C,
only to absorb vitamin De-
fects
aren’t accidents
but beauty marks
requiring deeper looks
at what is being said
to the freckle faced kid
grabbing
harnessing
words with ill intent
from inboxes
making lemonade
singing “Lemonade”
selling lemonade
sweeter than sour
to aid the lemon
in its puckering prestige
promising prominent positions
paradox?
amidst air pollution
the air is infused with words
words that the successful are made of
awaiting the freckle faced kid
to grab
harness
control
employ

Infuse

reprieve

pardons are not
as easy as an ink blotch
with an “x” marking the spot
and moment
and second
in time
where evidence
is outweighed by recompense

the remnant
represents
and circumvents
the legless laws
lying low like
old hammocks
betwixt two oaks
two thoughts
two philosophies
versus
in courts
and peers
peer inside
peer as
peer from
eyelids now
fastened
forever
frozen
unable to seek
or know justice
or speak from 6 feet
of crust
as such
we pick pushed daisies
paying homage
to the fallen
heroes
finding no reprieve

Reprieve

survive

the first
first of many years
where didactic methods are called in
in to question the madness
the indescribable method just is
is just what is necessary
necessary for survival
survived all
all roller coasters
of emotions
and fickle fecal matters
offering honey in exchange
for vinegar
and the number slipped
the number of clone worthy
little people with hearts
and smarts
products of headstart
spark the loquacious in us
that on average is taciturn

we wait our turn to
excrete numbers 1 and/or 2
depending on the nerves of it all

on ones and twos
we play tunes
from genres
that help us Bobby Brown
because “We have to get away.”
making instructions more simple
simple than A,B,C
name and list
just jot
and plots
thicken at the end
survival is based on
living to tell the tails

God bless the spouses
that house
the teachers
who’s careers are an oxymoron
and in another society
would be more appreciated

but we did survive.

Survive

love

love has never been shelved
never ceases
to send winged
babies
adorned with golden
bow and arrows
full quiver
on hopeless trails
unveils
tails
tucked from the frightened
fleeing
embraces
triggering
chemical imbalances
the balance is
a desire to have
to hold
cherish
marriage
touch
fingers interlocked
tangled
from towers
that tower
above all
hatred
and sickness
and disagreements
and difference
and the malice
of irreconcilable
and anger
and generations

love has never been shelved
it makes itself known
avoiding
ambiguity
and all
altered
acts
affecting
its reputation
it screams
and whispers
in the same phrase
and we all hear
we all respond…….
eventually

impression

my mind has peeled
and lightened
until weight loss
has removed
impressions
of me
on minds
molded to here
exist
molded to hear
process
the sum of my experiences
plus cohorts
plus friends
and cinema
at pinnacles
can’t cine
max
for the enjoyment
of the lost
of myself
in fiction
affixion to
the weight
the wait
of glory
to come
outcome
impression

Impression

ships unmoored set sail
adrift
and swift
with intent
clouded
challenging
navigation

nautical coordinates
foreign
not legible
speaking the same language
different vernacular
that of time travelers
unraveling
the code of the balance
of pyramids
plotted
prior
to protractors
and pencil marks
spots
……..someone forgot
but will remember…..soon