On the 153rd Juneteenth

He doesn’t know that I picked him because he is beautiful and manipulative like my mother. I picked him because he is brilliant and distant like my father. I picked him because like my parents he ignores me. It doesn’t matter that he’s just your garden variety white boy. For him and for them, I…

Mwanamke Hasira

I’ve been mad at my mother for 40 years for so many things and rightly so. But nothing that she has done has been worse, or has had a longer effect Than my name. Still to this day when I Interview, I put on resumes TL. Still to this day all of my books are…

Preforate

I’m watching you sedating Constantly debating Regurgitating – What’s wrong with the world I’m listening to you hurl I’m listening to you swirl hateful words you recently learned Now you mad about our past and whats so sad is your lengthy gasp as you relive unwilling to forgive every horror, every martyr every sickness, every…

Monkeybread

A whole lot of anything On its own with no ambition can transform itself by improving Its collaborative position They tend to search for magnets find other losers to use and now stronger than individuals The whole heap needs something to prove some way to alienate the disconnected Stuck together like pastries do reborn into a…

The Inky Tribe

We are Former slaves and Presidents Drug dealers and Pediatricians Children of the hood who became Wall Street Tycoons Labeled and degraded and feared Yet artistic and poetic and beautiful We are From Kenya and Haiti and Detroit From the dirt and the suburbs From everywhere even Mexico and Ireland Hated and misunderstood and disrespected…

Ancient Indecisions

I’m never happy when I’m sober I never like it when you’re here too long Or you try to sing the song, after hearing it once So you are just mouthing the words, with no idea what you are saying and you are staring at me for some kind of validity, hoping maybe I will…

ZOOLOGIST

And when I am alone and it’s midnight, I lie in bed and wonder if there are other animal species out there that discriminate in the same ways that we do. I wonder if there are other carbon based creatures on the bubbling water ball who systematically set out to disenfranchise their own brothers because…

Privilege Blindness

Remember when You lived with your mom’s And she reminded you fifty times You didn’t own anything there And she would take you out if she had to Cause you’re one of her things too. remember when you got so mad At your father, because he wouldn’t listen Put you on punishment Took your stuff…

The Silverback

Smoke swirling around Congo and Harlem Deadly sound Sky on the ground Forests above sea level Especially when you flip my frown Tilted crown I’m always down I protect the group Even if they don’t want me to Flip my frown I’m always down Lost sky found Gorilla love scary son sticky one you Filling…

Racism

The fire of it Its on my tongue and on my skin Its searing my hair It’s melting my clothes It’s burning through my emotions My tears aflame It’s igniting nations It’s baking my lungs and eyes It’s hurting me through and through It’s incinerating the fabric of humanity Everyone is to blame But I can’t…