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  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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