untitled

listening to the fireworks
thinking of souls scorched because the fire works
my own hand and arm symbolic of how the fire works
teeth gnashing because the fire works
only a few laborers signed up to do work

the job is to make the road less traveled
to expose the sweets on the ginger bread house
as leading causes of tooth decay
to sway
persuade
turn the tide this way
the way
the truth

us with melanin
have had truth meddled in
by equals less the power of altering
adding
subtracting
and the order of operations
rearranged by those mal-practicing
opening doors to infinite philosophies

making elections sure has never been more important
defending truth tried by fire
a reminder that the fire works
and the fire hurts
my soul hurts
because i know the soul’s worth

Cashmere and Licorice 

My brief sabbatical is because I published my first book of poetry. There are 50 poems inside, one of which is “Cashmere and Licorice,” also the title of the book. I am thankful for every like, comment, and encouraging word that ultimately gave me the desire to just jump. It’s available on Amazon! Peace and blessings!

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

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