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Some People

Some people will argue that you have never been raped, will shove their inconvenient truth down your throat like a too-soft cock that’s unable to get hard. They will demand proof that the will to say no was completely out … Continue reading

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Tough Love

Isn’t it funny how tough love never manages to feel like love at all? How it feels more like hate. No, not hate, but indifference. And, of course, the irony of those thoughts visiting her, as she watches her mother … Continue reading

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If He Had Stayed

What if he had stayed? If all his sweet lies were strung together to form a bridge that he’d be willing to travel across, one way? What if all those sweet words you shared were more than gentle lies to … Continue reading

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Daydream Blackness

Because in this so-called “post-racial society” my oldest son, who’s working on his music degree at the University of Memphis, was walking to a benefit dinner for his fraternity and a woman who didn’t know him told him, “I don’t … Continue reading

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The Chameleon

I wear fear like the color of my skin. So much a part of me. The Chameleon. Settling inside skin too little for me to move in. Trapped. Trying to fool you with boasts of being unafraid. Like fear was … Continue reading

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Mutation

Our daughters are broken and we’re not trying to fix them. We’ve neglected them like discarded bodies and frames of cars that no longer run. We watch them being dragged by hair on national TV or pushed down stairs or … Continue reading

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The Morning After

The morning sun penetrates the sheer curtains and wakes her up. She stretches, becomes aware of the tight embrace that’s restricting her movements. A wide grin parts her lips. “I didn’t hear you come in.” When she tries to turn … Continue reading

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Your Smile

What secrets are hiding behind your smile? I used to know the language you use to communicate But over the years we became strangers And now your language is your own. I cannot tell if it’s pain or violence lurking … Continue reading

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Snatches of a Friday Afternoon Conversation

He said But I don’t want to hurt you She said Don’t worry my love is bulletproof No bitter lies steeped in desperate loving      can destroy      No burnished, hollow love masquerading      as true Carry me in your … Continue reading

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The Woman in the Mirror

I recognize the woman, the one who spends her lunch breaks napping in the park Every afternoon she parks beneath the umbrella of the oak trees & removes the drape of shame that weighs her down every day Away from … Continue reading

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