Friday, November 4, 2016

Lost Socks

Jacob Lawrence: Great Migration Series

when your relative is high
and asks an officer for help
-- a Black man has to be high to do that,
these days
and then the officers shoots your relative:
center mass,
you still have to do
the laundry

the white clothes have to be segregated
from  the colored clothes
and the sheets, are best washed separately--
everybody knows that

socks will get lost, but socks are
not really clothes, so socks
don’t really matter

when you fold the clothes,
you’ll compartmentalized them the
way you usually do, the way
mama did and how her mama had done

you’ll put all of the clothes where they belong:
drawed things in the drawers, hung things on the hangers
and then you’ll notice
that some socks are lonely
and cry
like i did
for the lost socks



Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Language

he understands the language
of my fingertips when i
cannot say the pain
for the hashtags of my
brothers and sisters slain
by blue badges
and my words cannot escape
from the knot guards
in my throat;
when i’ve lost the
connection from my
brain to most of my body
and water finds its way to
my eyes at unexpected times.


when i am mourning,
waiting for the moon to become
as big as the sun,
contemplating the complexity
of having skin like bronze and
hair like wool,
when i am yearning
for the third heaven,
sufficient grace,
summoning the perfect
inner strength to  
make the new moon holy,
he restores me with dark
chocolate kisses on my forehead


All of my angst
cannot be explained or expressed;
the energy required
to maintain condenses
to the space
of these long fingered hands --
pulses and aches
at the joints;
extending the length of my stalwart arm
until i touch his shoulder blade
is, sometimes, all that i can do
but he knows my language
and how to make us a song
that resets us to free, again
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