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The Lost Woods as Elegy for Black Childhood
There used to be no one here,
where cypresses and oaks play
shadow puppets on sawgrass.
You heard the music before
I did: tambourines, pan pipes.
Remember how I woke clean
to meet you each morning?
The dew and the dust?
Remember how you’d catch me
as I fell from trees? Someone
heard and hurt us. I’m Black-Eyed
Pea. You’re just Skull Kid.
We wanted our genius to last.
We never wanted chalkboards
or snow. We never came home
before the streetlights buzzed.
All we do is dance in leaves.
Cackle and Dreaming, we call it.
Our mothers call it grief.
|September 26, 2016||Omens||Cecilia Llompart|
|September 24, 2016||Sunset||E. E. Cummings|
|September 24, 2016||To Joseph Lee||Angelina Weld Grimké|
|September 23, 2016||Electrons||Ruth Madievsky|
|September 22, 2016||Landscape with Clinic and Oracle||Lynn Melnick|
|September 21, 2016||Shared Plight||Kamilah Aisha Moon|
|September 20, 2016||Resurrection||Alison Hawthorne Deming|
|September 19, 2016||Deer at Twilight||Paula Bohince|
|September 17, 2016||Amaze||Adelaide Crapsey|
|September 17, 2016||Letters||Ralph Waldo Emerson|