Hello Sunday

Hello Sunday

It’s okay for him to be gay they say As long as he doesn’t flaunt it As long as he doesn’t hold hands With any man In prayer Or kiss Anything but the good book God loves you as you are they say in verse Then turn to each other The whispers that...
April 13, 2022

April 13, 2022

On this day in Black history I put my armor on Wondering how fast I’ll need to run How will I be considered if I wear anything but a suit? A clergy collar? A tie. How will I look? The camera catching me Running toward Breonna Taylor Way Catching flames Or running...
The Epic of la Morena

The Epic of la Morena

Abuela sweeps her hair back Ties it up Soy fea. I am ugly. She says. Such a common refrain. I watch her hands Weathered, but unwrinkled Her fingers chorus A more ancient verse Of waters pulled By an invisible moon Onto a sand formally known as Unknown Formally known...
Smoke-Stained Sky

Smoke-Stained Sky

“Ethnically ambiguous.” I have adopted this short phrase to describe my appearance. Most people in West Michigan cannot identify my ethnicity without asking. Really, I am the love product of a brown Dominican daddy and a fair-skinned Puerto Rican mom. You can see that...
Red, White, and Blue

Red, White, and Blue

The red, white and blue lights flashed in the mirror and the familiar sting of fear crawled through my stomach. “Not today,” I thought. “Please, don’t let it be today.” The lady riding in the passenger seat of my vehicle whispered to me, “Just stay calm.” Her short,...