Black & Kinky Amongst Brown Waves


Sketches…
May 19, 2017, 7:40 pm
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there are poems that bounce around as sketches in my mind for years before they are ‘born’.  this is one of those poems that I have been meaning to write for years, but never did. recently eating a banana at the greyhound station in DC reminded me that this topic needed to be explored poetically…

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(c) 2017 by margaux delotte-bennett

my brother doesn’t eat bananas
in public
because of racism
because of the constant policing
of black bodies
because that one time someone smiled
too broadly
in his direction the one time he did

think about all the potassium
he has had to forgo

think about all the shame he carries to this day
a grown man relegated like a child

we are so practiced in being the things they tell us we are
denying our humanity
our wants
suppressed
being the other
sorely needed
to ensure supremacy

now that is only
monkey business
I can see

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