Black Poetry : the bridge you cannot burn

alyce

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Jan 29, 2001
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Counselor
~for eric~

I can’t consider you
a waste of sperm
that’s not my call

~but young man
not grown up,
just tall~

let me speak
plain English
so you can
‘feel me’

HOW DARE YOU
creep
like stealth
in a midnight
attack

trynna drop the bomb

after this last
scene from
your
disappearing
acts?

~young man, grown
tall, not up~

full of ‘potential’
aged with the
ravages of your
vices

your self-abused
state wrenches
my heart

I remember you
at 11 years old
luminous brown
eyes

so innocent,
so beautiful
so full of
"surprise"

this vision of what
you’ve become
haunts me sometimez
(but I ain't had to
wash your dirty
drawz;
your problems
weren't 'minez')

you had a woman
a faithful wife
you have a daughter
with a promising life

oooh, YOU!
the author of
the book called
“Why Must I Be
Like That?”

YOU, da big man
got BIT
by the CAT!

YOU
the ring leader of
the emotionally
inane

you abandoned
true love
and embraced
the profane

slave … to the drugs

parasite … to the family

thieving … with the thugs

~young man, grown tall
not up~

tell me

how you
ate from dumpters
slept on the streets

how you laid
with faceless
hookers,
wrestling
demons between
the sheets


~oooh young man
grown tall,
not up~

your sisters mourn you
as if you’re dead

your brother bows
and shakes his head

you were the culmination
of your mother’s dreams

but even she couldn’t
hold together
your unraveling seams

I prayed for you
that you would learn

and there is one bridge
you did not burn

~young man, grown
tall, not up~

you darken your
father’s memory

but I’m still here
come talk to me


Alyce, 2001
 

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