or “what do you want to be when you grow up?” stories,
just grandma trembling,
seasoned with dilemmas,
looking for love and pain, in New York City.
“What do you want to be when you grow up?”
"Sisters (for Melissa)" has been published by Moko Caribbean Arts and Letters July 2016 Issue 9
a book bag; universally colored, tucked inside an orange jumpsuit, arranged as a jacket to metal doors, and bed bugs chained to delinquents. The souls of hungry men, guilty or innocent, are built together with frantic eyes, caught on the edge of paper-thin cots,
kill beat kill.
This is the day lonely eyes are seized, ensnared on an island in a room intangible but authentic with blueblack feelings and disarmed manhood on suicide watch.
I take the #42 bus to BCC and wonder if we have ever smoothed the edges of our faces against books and noise.
I know you.
You are tongues of sanity, urban sidewalks littered with segregation and televisions that avoid speaking our truths. You are mangled atrocities, an unchecked mailbox, a registered voter, left in a facility of shame. And as I pray, I can’t hold you, I can’t capture your beginnings.
A book bag, an orange jumpsuit, a language of injustice, a memory of valor. Be still now and
"For Kalief" has been published by The Write Launch in Poetry Issue five, September 2017