Amaza Lee Meredith

A woman, no different from me, published poetry in 1767. A woman, no different from me, escaped slavery in 1849. A woman, no different from me, opened a school for black girls in 1904. A woman, no different from me, designed a gas furnace in 1919. A woman, no different from me, won an Oscar…

Taking Stock

They lined up, single file in my mind From most recent to the oldest, waiting patiently for their turn to speak when asked to describe being with me. The monster would say She’s a little crazy, a little gullible but useful. He never loved me though… Old Faithful would say She has no capacity for…

For the Folk in The Cheap Seats

If I always looked to see if my hands were shaking first If I always took a full deep breath through the nose exhaling through the mouth first If I always considered the collateral damage of my actions first then I wouldn’t have ever learned a fucking thing in this life or had a damn…

Bruce Lee

A broken down Greyhound Stuck in Birmingham Chopsticks for Bobbi pins Nothing but hand me downs Babysitting at 10 Running through the hood In nothing but Underoo’s Mom liked being used Given away, nowhere to stay Molestation attempts fueled by booze God doesn’t see any of this Torture isn’t news Excelling at academics No praise,…

Esther Pauline “Eppie” Lederer

You like hanging onto nothing The boy is peanut butter in your hair Do not text the runner up when you are in this frame of mind Do not text the back up and tease him with your lying Do not text number two, or three, especially not fucking three Don’t become the vision you’re…

My crush on the Drop Bear

Man, so now I want to fuck with him because I don’t want to fuck with him because of you. Look what you did. Ugh. This is pretty much your fault you know that right? Yeah, he’s liked me 6 months longer than I have even known you. Yeah he texts me beautiful shit a…

At just over 8000 steps…

I close my eyes only to keep myself going and suddenly I’m on a beach that I don’t recognize but it’s perfect. Only about 68 degrees Fahrenheit because I don’t know any better. The ocean is to the left of me and I can feel the east coming. The sun is shining on me and…

the ladyking of Ephyra

I crack the dawn over a sizzling skillet of self aggrandizing about my position in your life and then the punishing rush begins the onslaught to my swollen throat of the very hottest over controlling fascination made from only the finest handpicked Kenyan coffee beans which accidentally gives me more courage than I can actually…

Silver or Lead

You gave up on me before I could give up on you Yet I wanted you still So I ran to him scared and crushed You make my chest hurt, you make my eyes water, you make my mind race itself to nowhere and I don’t care But he’s kind to me and you’re not…

Ping Pang Qiu

I can’t stop so Yesterday was like the first day I excite him and still I am nothing I couldn’t keep my heart to myself His walk turned me on Yet he doesn’t know I’m alive Why isn’t his company plenty? For a second it was magic. Soon though I will wonder When will I…