Sides

Making up my mind is less about my mind

Or creating anything that’s not already

There

/

The requirement to identify

And make known

Yourself

Which is not

Unknown

By the Universe

Or the grasses

Or the ever stretching sky

/

But to people

Who have a need to know

Something they can

Relate to

Quantify

Deconstruct

/

Into parts

Acceptable

And indelicate

Confusing

And altogether

None of their business

Coloring Book

my garment does not speak for me.

your eyes do not know what you see.

the depths, the layers, the filigree

my hair does not define my intellect

the vision that your profession accepts

the ethics that built my tenets

are not written in your minutes

I’m thinking, just thinking

you’ll soon be sinking

the Titanic never saw the glacier sneaking

Black/Loving 🖤🤍🤎

You are safe

Here

Beside me/

And if love

Were a verb

You’d do kindly/

To open your

Your heart

It’d be blinding/

I keep a window open

Slide between the screen

If you want to be seen

Transparently/

I hold a space

Big enough

For everything you carry

For the dark and scary/

You are safe

Here

Beside me