Racism Does Exist

Racism does exist I've known it my whole life I’ve felt the disgusted stares As if my skin was black from Rotting or burned and charred Racism has many faces And all of them are ugly I’ve learned how to defend My blackness As if I chose it I've been called out of my name…

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Inside The Poem: Know The Difference

After my first serious break up as a young adult, I was in shambles. My previous relationships ended with two people growing into themselves and eventually growing apart. That felt normal. I was almost proud of growth so deep that even the way I perceived love had blossomed in some ways. Nevertheless, heartbreak was something…

Black of Night

The Spring conducts its intimate ritual, Almost unnoticed by man. The winter's bite Came greedy—and hungrier than in past years. The visitors of our home, all teeth and laughter, Join in the barbaric joy of the Super Bowl, Thank God! Welcomed intruders pleading: save me a slice of pizza and a spot by the tv.…

Kobe & The Last Three Days

For the last three sunrises, there have been two jackhammers playing tic tac toe on my temples. I have started meaningless fights with my lover, and a hero died one morning before my first cup of coffee. Writing my memoir, I recall empty liquor bottles and sinks full of blood. I don't know what's happening,…

Drown Them Again

Regrets drown themselves in moments. Fear from exes sowed to your heart, jagged scars, purple bruises like violets, over watered with tequila. So much of your pain is gasping, wounds on your body, secret poems. Pungent smells of rotting corpses, stacked too high to burn. So drown them. Throw them in the ocean of ignorant…

Christmas In Los Angeles

A warm kiss caresses My lips The city appearsColossal, bright, & intimidating fromthis rooftop downtown It is from This view the moonSeems like a haloIt is The crown around your head that causesThis warm kiss to brew a fire within my insecurityA wildfire(from an angel to a sinner) It is the strength of this warmth…

Poetry In Motion

The grace of his dance swelled my chest with pride, and I fought back tears as his passion filled the room. A few weeks ago, my boyfriend, Corey O'Brien, and I had an idea of pure genius. Something that seemed trendy yet new, relatable yet severely personal, and a project that brought together our life…