‘Projects’

comments assaulting,
passport reads ‘American’,
skin reflects tragedy,
multiple wounds bleeding,

Mandela sat reading,
hands sit speaking,
witnessed eyes pleading,
assault on memories dreaming,

witnessed shoe-laces escaping,
hair-line receding,
hair clips dressed as butterflies,

hair twirling,
mind whirling,
young girls jump-roping,

world stopped spinning,
mothers stopped cooking,

POP! POP! POP!

captivated,
taught me remedy,
hand captured palms easily,
eyes stopped weeping,

shoe-laces un-tied,

didn’t believe…

can’t dwell on things we have to lose,
nothing in this world we have to do,
only what we want to do,
yes to things you don’t want to do,

don’t risk you can’t grow,
building down instead of growing up,

comments assaulting,
passport reads ‘American’,
skin reflects tragedy,
multiple wounds bleeding,

tongue speaks burial,
witnessed men fall,
women assaulted,

poverty cross-legged,
beard un-holy,
teeth Detroit housing authority,

witness tragedy,
feet carried stories,
daughter buried cancer,
wife guilty overdose,

hands read stories,
eye-lids whisper secrets,

eyes wept,
silk handkerchief,

dreamed they jump-roped together,
butterflies disappeared…

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