Poetry

Poetry

June 16, 2021

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Toddler Dream World

It’s late at night  Where we both  Reject bed time  Like summer rejects snowflakes     You don’t like sleep  Bedtime becomes civil war  Between your yawns  And will to never be caught napping on anything    You are the age of  Impressionable  And imaginary friends  Where anything is possible  Through laughter  And fairy dust    […]

Poetry

May 20, 2021

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For the Single Parent Asking If Someone Can Love You

You are used to caring  But not being cared for    When he opens his heart to you and your daughter     You can let him love you        You are two times worthy  Having an offspring means he needs a soul for you both   He can carry more than his own heartbeat     Loving you […]

Poetry

April 28, 2021

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Poet Laureate Describes Black Joy

I asked the first African American poet laureate of Prince William County, Virginia Kim B. Miller to describe what Black joy looks like to her in a series of haikus. Here is what she came up with: Beauty You were looking for someone beautiful. I just showed you your mirror.   Colors Red, black and […]

Poetry

April 21, 2021

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15 Poets Describe Black Joy

I asked 15 poets to describe what Black joy means to them in one haiku. This is what they came up with: My hair is not rough.  It just dances a little  different than yours does Joezzy @_joezyy Minor miracles Warm body waiting at home Long texts, working breath Kez @kezzyjo_ Time passes slowly never […]

Poetry

January 13, 2021

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How to Say I Love You in 13 Haikus

To cheer up my girlfriend, I wrote her 80 haikus (17 syllable Japanese poems) expressing why I love her. Here are 13 of them: Bad relationship We both were a part of those Chose to be better    I thought I couldn’t loveYour presence says otherwise Keep proving me wrong    I had an ice box Your devotion warmed […]

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January 13, 2021

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Nine Experiences Dating a Single Mom

One  My girlfriend introduces me to her daughter  Daughter bites me.     Two  Her daughter glares at me as if to say, “I don’t care who you are,”  Shouts “Mama,”  Crawls to her mom.   I understand the peace in her arms too.    Three  We eat Chipotle.   Only ordered it once,   Yet she remembers my […]

Family

December 27, 2020

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Never Fight a Toddler Over Fruit Snacks

You don’t play with your fruit snacks     I have mental scars to prove it         When your mom told you fruit snacks were “all done”  Halfway into our drive to the beach    The fighter in you came out  When from the back seat  You saw me pull out another Welch’s     Staring    Like […]

Poetry

November 28, 2020

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Absence of “Too”

When you say    “I love you Quille”    I feel my heart tingle  As my mouth refuses to open      Your mom laughs   As if she can see the discomfort    Seeping through my pores    We were talking about nothing    Driving to the grocery store    AC blasting    When you blurted those words        It’s standard  To […]

Poetry

October 10, 2020

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Black Man Explains His Definition of Love

We said we wanted to be in love  But couldn’t take our baggage  Out of broken relationships… She was a black artist  Just like me    Traveled  Experienced different cultures  But never felt like she fit in  Like me    Our definition of love was identical  It started with ourselves  We had love independently  Not […]

Poetry

August 15, 2020

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Black Man Explains Falling in Love

Let me say what I should have said before  I want to tell you that I love you  But I don’t know what that means    I make fun of myself because I want to keep you happy  That’s my idea of being vulnerable  I never learned how to say I’m afraid of being hurt  […]