Friday, September 8, 2017

dream where every black person is standing by the ocean by Danez Smith


dream where every black person is standing by the ocean
  
& we say to her
                         what have you done with our kin you swallowed?
  
& she says
                         that was ages ago, you’ve drunk them by now
  
& we don’t understand
  
& then one woman, skin dark as all of us
                         walks to the water’s lip, shouts Emmett, spits
  
&, surely, a boy begins
                         crawling his way to shore 

 

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