Author: Charleston Poets

let me down easy
into the slender morning perfect

catch my ripples with a telescope/
a photograph of pastfuture

that everlasting fleeting goodbye
ringing in my favorite sunglasses
keeps me coming back
to the spot where we
forgot about Jupiter falling

there’s no mystery
in the moon’s jaws

there’s no shining
language unlocking
your window breeze

just let me down
down
down
into every cool crystal moment

In the shadows
of the morning
he and she did look
each upon the other
face to face
love to love
fingers tracing cheeks.

he whispered
aching for her alone
-there was none besides her
she was she

she traced her fingers
along the shadowed creases
of his jaw and chin
whispering
‘my beloved’
as into him

she melted.

eyes to eyes
finger tips to finger tips
each the other
worshiped
each the other
loved.

Without immigration you wouldn’t have me
and I’m a pretty cool dude
whether or not you agree—

yea I’m US born
but take a look at my family tree,
the make up of a Puerto Rican has a spectrum of values and saturation’s that run deep- rich.
found out I have Egyptian roots
makes sense, cuz I like Egyptian food.
nah, ain’t gonna start reppin’ Arabs,
Puerto Rican all day, with coquito in hand.

yes, I love diversity in my city
well, what it could be—
Charleston thinks that
black-n-white are colors
yet, there’s something missing—

Fractals of HD like iPhone backgrounds
Vivid images, faces, hues of divine fingerprints
Like God painted with His finger these immigrants
using clay, mahogany
cherry wood, brown sugar.
Terra-cotta red tints and red tones
red notes, red shades and tanned overlays

you know like the tannins of wine skinned keepers we hold the beauty of those kissed
by the sun
caramel baby and bronze—
coffee, black teas.

imMegration.

without it you wouldn’t have me

Don’t you remember why I made u smile
Don’t you remember how I made you feel when you felt like no one had your back
Please remember I’m just stating facts
Do you remember my kisses
My hands placed on your face
In my heart for you nothing but love and your grace
Sometimes I wish I didn’t remember

The father-

He is the first man a girl learns to love. He protects and holds his daughter from hurt and pain, but what if he is the source of her pain. The restless night she lays awake wondering if in his befuddled state will he yell at her worse. School days she covers the scars, but what about the words, what about the internal scars. She seeks numbness in older boys longing to escape the pain of the source. School days she hears the whispers and she sees the looks, she gives it all up. If only he had protected her instead of being the source of her pain. Maybe that girl would be alive today.

In the wake of today’s wake my heart’s awakened

by the face of a boy holding a smile

although his father will never reciprocate

A cliché is a cliché

At least that’s what they say

A feeling only makes you feel

Some type of way

The trees sway, and sway

As the wind blows down the way

And the leaves take flight

Following the breeze

Down the breezeway

And the alliteration aligns 

With my emotions

This time

It all makes sense for once

But that’s a lie I

Tell myself

As I try to cry

To show myself that I

Understand something else

This thing,

Belongs to no man

Or woman or

Animal or

Plant

No such behavior has been exhibited by

A car or an ant

For I feel this feeling:

A cold touch (how cliché)

As if I’ve been swallowed

By the shadow of a ghost

A love lost

An undead host

A heart beats

Yet no blood flows

As I follow the shadow of a ghost

My hand sweats into my mother’s
Gripping her tightly as she mourns my brother

She sees his name printed on prayer cards stacked crisply on the porch
A framed photo stands in the same place
As my bridal portrait had two months before in the church reception hall

Pimento cheese sweats on lace lined tables
The ones with the dented legs that folded out that my mother found tacky

I told her we’d have to make some concessions
Bodies don’t keep.

It’s Not the Heat

It’s not the heat
It’s the humidity

Sticking soles of shoes to cement graveyards
Scattered with fried frogs and flattened flowers

It’s not the heat
It’s the humidity

Hair wild and witchy winding untamed
Worn with wilting wildflowers wound into crowns

It’s not the heat
It’s the humidity

Coronating us everglade empresses
Ending evenings with enchantments and incantations and elegies for our enemies

It’s not the heat
It’s the humidity

Sending storms sizzling across the swamps
Scaring spoiled sisters swarming for shelter in secret cypress sanctuaries

It’s not the heat
It’s the humidity

Driving dogs down deer-lined drives
Digging for dead girls and drug-fueled dalliances

It’s not the heat
It’s the humidity

Carrying our spells through lightning and thunder
To the cypress woods where you hid from the rain
When the men are in heat
Not just heat but humidity
Swimming through storms to find girls like you
Who’d been hexed by queens like us

It’s not the heat
It’s the humidity

My arms are spread wide on the cold pavement
as if I am asking for forgiveness from God above.
Blood leaks from my chest, my life suspended.

Have you ever seen a black man’s crucifixion? Just watch
the news, how the white chalk marks the spot where those black
thoughts once were alive but now a blackout, is the only
place any black man ever gets to see now.


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