7.7.2016

the Louisiana sun still licking my back
where Alton Sterling’s had kissed the earth

July 9, 2016. Black Love gathering at the Trinity Continental Bridge parkway, Dallas, Texas.

July 9, 2016. Black Love gathering at the Trinity Continental Bridge parkway, Dallas, Texas.

Philando Castile’s name
ripe on my tongue
mourning waiting to be birthed

thankful for
the brief respite of breathing in a Dallas summer
while my Minnesota home bubbled
like a vent in need of release
     only to find a city under siege

bullets raining down
trajectory shifted
     no longer finding their victims in Black-ness
because bullets know no home
and grief knows no geography

Is it possible
    to have three homes aflame-
the one you left
The one you sit in
And that other invisible one
that sits in your chest?

7.7.16

FreeWrites-Dallas, Texas


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