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Side Door

Side Door

Underestimated
Unknown
Underappreciated

Afraid to shout out my glow
Let it radiate into your orbit
Let it calm the churning waters of your halo

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Love

Love

Love that pummels you
Is not love
Love that thunders over your flesh
And presses into you
Pressed on to you
Tightens its clamp over you
Is not love

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Eyes

Eyes

My prize is these eyes
That fan their blinking adoration with those lashes
Those wings reaching skyward
Lift your eyes, baby
The world wants to flatten you out

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Watershed

Watershed

When will we believe
We all hold the power for harm?
Just by being
Just by existing
Most of us never get to see the sting of tears
The mental gymnastics to try and understand
The bellow of anger at our ignorant words

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The N-Word

The N-Word

The first time I asked someone to stop using the n-word, I was 12.
I was asking my dad to not use that word anymore. He’d been speaking it with spit ever since I could remember.

My parents and I had left a minor-league baseball game early in Tulsa, OK (where we lived at the time). Walking through a dark parking lot mostly alone.

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Inheritance

Inheritance

I am a giant among none
A revelry uncontained
A watcher on the parapet

I long to see a different future
A vision to appear from the haze
Step forward
Stop hiding
Reveal yourself

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