May 20

This is America

all i can think of
is how when i found
out i 
didn't even bat an 
eyelash because of course
nothing changed,
how could i expect anything to change?

I first heard right before 
our school dance and all i could think
was "oh, another one? again?"
while we were
dancing through the dark those students
were screaming through the night
as they relived the bullets cutting
through the air.
May 18

BlueRedBlueBlack.

blue 
red 
blue 
red
oh no
blue 
red 
blue
red 
Hello, officer, I-
blue
red 
blue
red
get out of the car! now!
blue 
red 
blue 
red
Hands behind your back!
blue 
red
blue
red
what'd I do, officer?
blue 
red
blue 
red
shut up!
blue 
red 
blue 
red
May 15

How to Lose Your Name

You lose your name
in a language that gives
your name vowels like
curdled milk.

You lose your name 
after hearing
all the variations
that are not your name.

You lose your name
in the eyes of new teachers
or substitutes, in that moment
they cringe when they 
see your name at 
the top of the list.

You lose your name
when you meet new people 
and your heart falls because
May 14

collide

i what

What am i
Nothing but

A

                Speck
In a

HUGE
Universe, multiverse and

My

                    Voice is

                                                Nothing
Compared to the

Rush/roar
Of galaxies
May 08

News Titles Interlude

(All Headlines come from The Gaurdian, ABC News and NPR)


"Trump: U.S "will withdraw" from Iran Deal." 

"More Than Two Dozen Homes Destroyed in Hawaii After Volcano Explanation."

The world is crumbling
Around me and everything
is a burning bonfire.

I'm trying to find where
I went wrong and desperately
trying to clear the smoke of 
hate out of my loungs,
coughing.
May 07

A little higher

Little girl,
raise your head 
a little higher.
I know over the years
they will try to bow it
in suservience,
but i hope you will be strong 
enough to push your
unfaltering gaze forward.

Little girl,
stand up a 
little straighter.
I know over the years
they will try to bend you 
forcing you into roles
but i hope you will be strong
enough to push back 
when they place the bricks on 
your back.
May 01

Nothing Changed

June 1964, Virginia.

The little black girl
shivers in fear as she 
can see the pale 
white hoods of the 
Klansmen against
the charcoal black night

and their torches light up
like sparks but they are
not meant to warm but
burn, 

burn anyone who dares
have skin that has color,
color rich and pure.

and she huddles in the corner, 
fearing that the white spark 
Apr 25

Wings

there was a girl
who always wished
for wings,

she was earth bound
and maybe that wasn't
where she wanted 
to be because

on earth she 
was silent,
but maybe up 
in the atmosphere 
she could scream.

But wishes upon stars
do not come true 
so she remained
tethered to the ground,
silent.

now there is a 
not quite teenager 
who made her own wings 
out of paper and ink.
Apr 24

Refugee Stories: Beyond the Frame

* I preformed this piece at Destination BVT

See the snapshots floating by
Of a girl with brightly colored eyes,
Amidst a nest of worn out scarves.

A man with his weary body,
His feet have walked a thousand miles,
To escape the place his past dwelled,
But for him there was no future.

A little boy on a cot,
His sleepy eyes shut
Dreaming of a place
Far away from where he is,
Apr 24

Muslim



what is being muslim like?
it's fine, besides the occasional calls
for our genocide.

it's fine, besides the people
who say we are all terrorists.

it's fine, besides the people 
who cross sidewalks so they
don't have to be on the same side of 
the street as us.

it's fine, besides the people
saying my religion isn't a religion
and just an ideology. 

it's fine besides the extremists

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