“What Has Occurred” by Angela H. Dale

 

What Has Occurred

no words can describe the depth and breadth of his
hands’
callous

violation

shredded
hands
clasp
shredded
callused

hands —

her words can describe the depth and breadth of No

Angela H. Dale
2/5/2018

Written in response to Larry Nassar’s statement, “There are no words that can describe the depth and breadth of how sorry I am for what has occurred,” and the testimony of 156 women at his trial.

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“Another Black History Month” by Le Hinton

Another Black History Month

Revolution [19th Century]

“any free person, who shall hereafter teach, or attempt to teach, any slave within the State to read or write… shall be liable to indictment”
Act Passed by the General Assembly of the State of North Carolina
at the Session of 1830—1831

To learn, we break the law.
Read
fast.
Pick
slowly.
Read,
then
hide
what’s
read.
We learn to break the law.

Sunday Morning [20th Century]

“but as I write these words now I cannot stand and sing “the National Anthem.” I have learned that I remain a black in a white world.”

                                                  Jackie Robinson

I will sit right here for now.
Blood
staining
Birmingham
glass
Blood
spinning.
Earth
soaking
blood.
For right now, I will sit here.
 
The Content of Our Color [21st Century]

Future
just a dream~
                                               brother’s
                             hands
               held
high
                                               brother’s
                              done
                bleeding
out~
                                               brothers
dream a just future

Le Hinton
2/5/2018