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I’m here

doesn’t mean

be mean

don’t say what you mean

lean into your dislike

of my fight

let me know what’s wrong

what’s right

I’m here

doesn’t mean

don’t say

how you feel

forget to be real

imagine you’re in a soap opera


you’ve seen on TV

you forgot you were free

you have choice

your voice

is a spiritual instrument

that provides nourishment

or disease

I’m here

doesn’t mean

look down on me

tell me my lipstick is missing

when I never bought it

or bought into it

I feel fine

sometimes I drink wine

sometimes I hang with this

or that one

I’m not ashamed to have fun

tell me my clothes are not right

tell me my shoes are too bright

when you put up a fight

that’s how I know I’m alright

Family Is

Family is indescribable
often unknown
and overdeveloped
in theory
connections made
and very unmade
hiding behind closed doors
sneaking down hallways
marrying on paper
not in public
Family is familiar
often unmistakable
blunt force trauma
upon door openings
on first sight
and unforgettable
or fighting
or both
Family is serious
Family is invisible
and visible
and always

Fierce Thoughts

How do all
these fierce
change anything
when not
between us
and the police?
I need to see
a badge
to the View
It will be

The Lying and the Fool

The Lying and The Fool

The Lion and The Jewel
was the lying and the fool
the fool was a woman
who got lost in the woods
an abnormality understated
a woman who
wakes up early
in the morning
and stretches
shakes it all off
who wants more
and works for
never loses it
who expects more
and never
gets chosen
the right way
knows how to forage
cut trees down
doesn’t need to climb up high
and swing from pole to pole
not knowing where loyalties lie
not knowing where lions cry
not knowing where beauty dies
makes it
easy for you to get lost
or lose it
a good woman
thundering her own applause
who sharpens her claws
and smiles when challenges wax
and wanes insane
never gets lost
in the woods
in the hood
is never misunderstood
can explain
make it plain
reflects on disdain
and never accepts
it is
not obviously something she is
going to get
she tries…..
the east and the west
at best
cannot get her
the north and the south
closed mouth
cannot convince her
when rooted strong
in common sense
she goes hence
she never forgets
to learn
something new
every day
means she flies