- 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.
- 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.
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.
- 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.