the color of death…

the color of death

the brown bag prophet’s eyes
were as cutting
as the cold breeze
off the lake
when he asked
are familiar
with the name
mustafa mattan
of course not.
he was
a somali canadian
in his apartment
his homicide
reminded me
is always
conveyed as
guess that’s why
black deaths
seem to be lost
in the shadows
of society’s concern
can see them
unless they smile
you can’t smile
if you’re dead

7 thoughts on “the color of death…

  1. Thought you might want to know, in Korea, the color for death is white.
    I made the mistake decorating for a Korean friend with white streamers, luckily a friend pointed out my error before the guests arival.

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