La-tee-da

 

Are you well pleased

Mr. Some-kind-of-sicko,

Anointed squasher

of humanity.

Squeezer of

life blood arteries.

Bare down.

Full weight.

See what happens…

cracks or splats

like black shellbug

on pavement.

Looks like you were

whistling in your head…

What merry tune?

La tee da!

Hand in pocket.

Got all day.

Press. Grind. Reposition

for maximum pain.

Push that knee

into that neck…

He might resist.

Black shellbug man resists

while dead.

ARE you well pleased

Mr. Anointed Suffocator-

Asphyxiator, S. O. B!

Smirking still?

Did George Floyd’s soul

pop

from his body-

or ooze warm like his urine

and breath-

squeezed out under

your getting off power-

hand in pocket

La tee da!

Face full of well pleased.

Floyd’s face full of street debris.

La tee da…

another day.

A black thing ‘neath

your telling eyes and

murderous knee.

 

Brenda Cave-James c6/20

 

Sweet Memories

 

Aromas…

sights and sounds of Easter!

Oohs and Ahhs, vibrant hues

of turquoise, violet coloured eggs…

Yellow Daffodils in vase.

Nana’s fuchsia feathered hat

(high heels to match)

Marshmallow peeps, spiced jelly beans-

Purple foil means sweet glazed ham!

Butter whipped potatoes

in  Auntie’s covered casserole.

Mac and cheese, Collard greens-

Asparagus with Hollandaise…

Daddy’s eyes like big bright coins, at

yeast dough rising high in bowls

for braided bread

and cinnamon rolls-

Hallelujah! Praise the Lord!

New patent leather shoes and dress?

Press and curl-

“Be still, girl!

Did you learn your Easter verse?”

“Yes, Momma Dear! Oh, may I have…?”

“No, uh uh uh!

Get chocolate on those white gloves- hear?”

 Brenda Cave-James c3/20

Copyright cc: Brenda Cave James

Photo by Josh Olalde on Unsplash

 

AN EVENT NOT TO BE MISSED:  April 8 at 6pm  CIVIL RIGHTS ICON MARY FRANCES BERRY AND CARIBBEAN MIGRATION SPECIALIST HILARY HICKLING   REGISTER NOW!

Since the summer of 2019, the United States has been in the midst of a national conversation about race and ethnicity.  From both local and global perspectives, Dr. Mary Frances Berry and Dr. Hilary Robertson Hickling will present on the theme of The 3 Rs: The Road to Reparations and Reconciliation on April 8th and Dr. Calvin Mackie will present on April 14th.  These conversations are part of Binghamton University’s ongoing commitment to the Truth and Reconciliation initiative sponsored by the Tubman Center. Co-sponsored by a host of campus partners including the Multicultural Resource Center and Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. Register to attend bit.ly/TRCguest

 

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