1. I’m black and I’m beautiful


The shadow cast upon my heart

remains, an indelible mark.


Alone, I stroke it in the dark,

a stolen treasure in my heart.


  1. Christ in every man


Francis saw Christ in every man.

I can’t see Christ in every man.


Like shadow cast upon my heart,

my eyes are open in the dark.


  1. Shame


I feel shame like the stain he left

upon my shirt before he left


to go. It’s mine, not his; it is:

shame. Whatever and ever it is.


  1. Help me in my weakness


I wear these beads about my neck,

little pearls of wood, a trinket


I finger like a sentiment,

upon my bare and manly chest.


November 2015

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