no need for tears…

when
i heard
aunt myrtle
was shot
in
the city
last night
i cried
she
always
treated me
as if
i were special
some kind
of
little prince
i knew aunt bea
might
want to talk
so
i drug my sorry ass
over
to her home
to
console
her
but
aunt bea
could see
i
was the one
needing
consoling
she
said
myrtle
always enjoyed life
she was
keenly
aware
that the cards
were
stacked against us
but
refused
to yield
to
life’s depression
and
chose
to
celebrate life
she knew
no one
could
make
another person happy
it was always
their
choice
and
her choice
even
surrounded
by
racial oppression
was
to be happy
and
that
is
now
your choice

 

watch your step…

this path
isn’t paved
with
cobblestones
but
the skulls
of those
who walked
before you
laying down
their lives
so you
might have a chance
to travel
towards
freedom
even with
so many sacrifices
the path
narrows
and
is obscured
by
hate
and
ignorance

 

barking up the wrong tree…

Image by CWMartin

i know it’s customary
to visit
a gravesite
and
talk to
a dear
departed one
but
there’s
no one
there
what makes you think
that any spirit
worth
their clay
would chose
to hangout
around
a place
enveloped in
so much sorry
when
there are
celestial parties
to attend
i’m telling you
nobody’s
there
but
if it ease your conscience
for
things done
said
or
not
done
nor
said
when they were alive
go ahead
and
stop by for a chat
but
don’t go asking for favors
or
for
the spirit
to intercede
on
your behalf
with
some divine being
hell
it deities didn’t listen
to them
when
they were alive
what makes you think
that
they’ll be a response
now
anyways
nobody’s
there

 

request…

i’m not certain
which
deity
is going
to
respond
and
i
honestly
don’t
care
i’d just
like
for once
to
have
a
response
so
here we go
dear
what’s your name
i
would like
to
request
an
end
to the senseless slaughter
of
children
if
grownups
want
to wipe each other
off
the face
of
the planet
then
let it be
but
raping the life breath
from
children
should be
banned
by
you
dear
fill-in-the-blank deity
a
gender
neutral
title
and
honorific
implied
you
needn’t
respond
directly to me
i’m
not
a priest
or
particularly wise man
just
a concerned
citizen