Black Poetry : thursday's poem (for my cousin, Christopher)

Giovanni

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a balsamin` blunt
lay`d diagonal in an empty ICE BREAKERS mint carton
catchin` ashes.

he holds the "roach" with his fingernails...
takes a long drag...releases slowly,
while his eyes fix themselves on a wall of thoughts
below his eyelids.

i watch the weight of unemployment fracture, but never break him.
watch his father emasculate him...make it hard for him to call himself a man,
my cousin finds strength regardless, to be acknowledged as such.

locks his tears in the slit of his eyes.
locks them in a smile; a lie stretch`d across his face,
most of the time.

don`t blame him for feelin` lonely & anger`d...i tell him,
"my brother & i are your family, now"

he smiles...watches the "roach" eventually burn itself out,
then takes a swig of his MYSTIC fruit punch.

we change the subject.
laugh as we quote our parents
contradictin` themselves

laugh while he reaches for box cutters
...slices the "GOLD&MILD"...& hollows its shell
to roll another blunt.

we go for a ride...still smokin` the blunt
he roll`d before we left...take in the scenary from our windows.

funny what heat`ll do.
make sistas flowers, who bloom in the Spring
& shed their petals to humidity.

our smiles are big
while we look at stretch jeans, clingin` to the perspiration
of their skin.

look at hips hangin`...swingin`
like a bag full of groceries, walkn` down the block.

we watch those sistas fade from rear & side -view mirrors.
watch the earth spin slow...draggin` today over her shoulders
like laundry bags goin` to the laundromat...washin' today into the past.


we head for his home through one of many corridors
inside Suitland`s lewis ave ghetto...talk some more...tells me
when he ain`t smokin` weed, he finds tranquility in a pen and pad...
says i inspired him to write...i thank him for the compliment...

hands embrace before we do...
i tell him i love him...we say "peace".

that`s when i wrote this poem.
 

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Wow Giovanni ... I was all up in this peace with you.

If every cousin had a cousin like you ...

Beautiful. Thanks for Sharing.

:heart:

Destee
 

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<materializes from thin air>

I believe this is the firstime I have read any of your work, but it will not be the last my friend. This is a masterful poem you have written. Very visual, and heartfelt in every respect. Your descriptions are vivid and strong and they paint a very clear picture.
My favorite line is this: "i watch the weight of unemployment fracture, but never break him." The word play here is brilliant!

Thanks for painting a picture of your thursday.

<dissolves into nothingness>
 

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