The Little Things About Love

Whenever

I am with you

my heart folds into songs

my mouth can’t sing

every time

I see you

there are

images of the sun

melting on a black woman’s skin

and

every time you

touch me

beloved

I become a wind of

water falling from rocks

I become a firefly

in a dark night

singing about

your luminescence

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Finesse

Let’s talk about

hand in hands

heart in a rainbow cloud

the first chapter of love

I seek you in fields of

bulrushes and sinking sands

and offer you a part of me

filled with dreams,

full fledged warmth of safety,

dance in the feet of a toddler,

laughter in an empty room,

kisses and caresses dented

in a body devoid of light,

a black god in the skin of a leopard

waning magic round the crescent moon

Let’s talk about that love.

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Behind Closed Doors~!

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The bell rings and voices echoe into their shelter

A mother weeps,
watching her child gasp for air in a world where learning to hold the wind is not a problem

A father feeds on crumbs of bread and nurse his emotions in a bottle of whiskey, another way he was taught to be a man.

The world collides in translucent dreams
and the mirror on the wall breaks into pieces of open wounds

still she sits in the midst of
flowers with mouth for gun
and stitch her broken heart
the only way she knows how

Behind closed doors
are many stories unheard

The bell rings and voices crawl back into their haven.

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Black Gold~!

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Today,
I woke up with
A syrup of black gold on my tongue
Pieces of black diamonds all over my bed
Powder of black ornament all over my chest
Pearls of black rubies sitting in my mind

A sweet mixture of
Where I come from
The rainbow pattern of
my ancestral route
The pulchritudity of the black race

Am I allowed to feel
The tenderness of my rich culture
and tell you boldly why my eyes lights up like the
Lantern of the Photuris firefly
With my head held high like the Giraffe?

No need to get beyond
The lines of how panther
weaved this intricate web of glory
with a single stroke of valour

When you see
My Nubian sisters
You’ll get to know
Why our drums beat
with insistent thunderous rhythm

You’ll get to know why
Our head is often held high
like the branches of the baobab tree
Not ready to fall for any penny

I woke up with
A syrup of black gold in my mouth
Pieces of black diamonds on my feet
Now tell me
am I not beautifully ebonyic?

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An Unfinished Poem~!

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So he took time to revisit
your body again like an antique,
First it was the gallery in your mind,
This time, you’re a poem
for him to read and understand
For him to delve into it receptacle of warmth,
For him to dive into it spring and oasis around your shore,
appreciate the diction in your eyes,
the metaphors on your breast,
the similes around your curves,
the run on lines on your lips,
the rhetorical questions in your steps,
the euphemism in your laughter,
the metonomy in your left thigh,
the theme in which you wrap your lines around his neck.

Since you dismissed darkness
by showing your teeth,
glittering like a fiery furnace

men have run from their huts
just to sit beside you
so you can show them

the mystery of hiding the sun in your mouth,
of capturing rainbows in your eyes,
of sheltering whispers of wind in your palm.
Of flavouring your tongue with the sweetness of rain,
of making your breast a haven for ‘twinkle stars’

But

Since this poem is about you
I’ll sit under the canopy of your voice so you can continue…

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I, Too…~!

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My prayers ain’t healing the world
My mother,
sister,
father,
brother,
they stopped kneeling every morning
these prayers are filth washed under the ground they said.

I’m trying to pray for redemption without choking on my tears.
I’m trying to pray for freedom for the one we have is not enough to turn us into fireflies.

You see my blackness and
I am undeserving of life
it’s all over your face
it’s in your voice
it’s in the way you spit my name out of your mouth.
I don’t want to live holding funerals for.my oppressors in my chest while you bury my people in front of me
my chest hurts
my head hurts
I want to breathe

I don’t want to be Eric Garner

I don’t want my father to be Alton Sterling or my neighbour, another Philando Castile

I don’t want my sister, a Sandra Bland

I don’t want my mother to be Diamond Reynolds who had to swallow her screams and tears for fear for being shot beside her already shot boyfriend

I don’t want to be the four year old at the back of a the car who had to watch her father bleed to death and her mother immobile

nor the one who saw his father being shot in the chest on the internet

I don’t want to.

I, a son of a black man don’t want to die for being black.

I, a daughter of a black woman don’t want to die for being black.

I, too am hungry for freedom beyond the one we have.