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
murdered
in his apartment
his homicide
reminded me
that
death
is always
conveyed as
black
guess that’s why
black deaths
seem to be lost
in the shadows
of society’s concern
just
can see them
unless they smile
but
you can’t smile
if you’re dead

senior discount…

senior discount

aunt bea
said
you won’t believe
what
your
aunt effie
suggested
it seems
she feels
that i needn’t
bother with
makeup anymore
since
most young folks
automatically
give me
the senior discount
so
according to her
no amount
of makeup
can possibly
help
i
assured effie
that what
these young darlings
were responding to
is not
the appearance
of my age
but
the recognition of
acquired wisdom
which is
why
she
has to ask
for
the discount

altitude sickness…

altitude sickness

symptoms
may include
sleep disturbance
stomach illness
headaches
as
you begin
the ascent
be advised
your exertion
will aggravate
the symptoms
but
your view
will improve
when you finally scale
the rocky heights
of lies
and
reach
the pinnacle
of
the truth