Three Skinnys in May by Maura Alia Badji

That Snowy Day

Tamir Rice could have been my son, big for his age,
same smooth dimpled brown cheeks.

No!
Haloed
In
Red
No…
Another
#DeathSentenceWhileBlack,
Assassinated.
No!

Big for his age, same smooth dimpled brown cheeks,
Tamir Rice could have been my son.

***

When a Would-be College Suitor Called Me Mary,
My Godmother Veola Blew a Fuse

Don’t let nobody call you outside your name.
Choose
Preservation
Deflect
Denial
Choose
Lineage
Defy
Erasure
Choose
Don’t let nobody call you outside your name.

***

Ezelle Considers Her Crazy-Quilt Past

Ezelle doesn’t mind real pain, that gangster pain
she indiscreetly courts like homemade disaster.

Dissonance
Suits,
Contrasts.
Dependable
Dissonance,
Soothes.
Ezelle
Trusts
Dissonance

Ezelle doesn’t mind real pain, that gangster pain
she indiscreetly courts like homemade disaster.

Maura Alia Badji
5/27/2016

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2 comments

  1. My Inner Chick · May 28, 2016

    you are beautiful! WOW.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. themoxiebee · May 30, 2016

    Thank you so much for your very kind words and for taking the time to comment.

    Like

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