21 Apr '17, 9pm

Sneakers on the Wire, an Ode to All the Black Boys Lost

This poem was inspired by the many black boys we lost between 2012 and 2016 to police brutality. This is for them. You don’t know this but when you leave the house and don’t pick up the phone I panic. Baby your black skin can get you into a lot of trouble. When you said “baby I’ll be right back” the air shifted. A sign of things to come. You didn’t come home the same. Came home in a body bag. Came home in a bloodied hoodie. Came home without my skittles and Arizona. The boy who returned to me was not who he was when he left. I am still trying to figure out how dark that street was for you To look suspicious beneath that ominous yellow light. I remember you when it rains. We had had our whole lives planned out. We were supposed to graduate together Tray. Take over the world. We were supposed to be something. You had big dreams. Your mother, God, she was so proud of everythi...

Full article: http://culture.affinitymagazine.us/sneakers-on-the-wire/

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