Water as it Relates to Rock

The trick is to hold the breath and the tongue but not in the same hand, and without leaning in too far.



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black and white photo of rumpled bedsheets

Ayda

Biomedicine is a shameless Cartesian purgatory committed to betraying Black bodies the way it betrayed my mother.


photo of a young, black boy smiling

Supernova

How many stars named after black kids, or light-years until / the next supernova? I want him to know what room America has left / for black love, black boys, black families. Maybe. Hopefully.


Frozen Boyfriend

It turned out that Jared, the tragic youngster we were picking up, died in the ocean. He was sailing on the Atlantic when a storm flipped his boat and sent the crew’s bodies up the Florida coast, slashed and bloodless. By this I came to assume that he loved whales, too.


Blind

What I knew was that if and when I became non-sighted, I wanted to encounter and understand braille as a literary rubato as opposed to a lack.


photo of a young child looking into the window of a large aquarium of fish and kelp

The Sweet One

He shines / the flashlight at the hole to make sure I see the wet black frog-like head burrowed / inside and through the love in his voice for them, I love them too.


black and white photo of winding car headlights down a dark road

Variable Planes of Motion

There are select moments in time, he thinks he hears someone say, where we can feel the breath of the earth’s soil. When the sulfur starts to fill the air and everything around you is thick as night.