does naught but stare
at the airy autumnal distance

Her mouth is
painted crimson,
its corners turned down,

not in a frown–
no, in a scowl
of disdain

as the smoke
eddies before her.

does naught but stare
at the airy autumnal distance,
the sky of inky black,

and the pinprick stars–
their light not inspiring
but empty.

A scream builds in her lungs,
calling out for something,
for someone,

but all she exhales is a sigh,
standing still, alone,


Photo by 2 Bro’s Media on Unsplash

This week’s resource is this article from GQ (warning: there is some cursing and mentions of drug use in this piece) written about Michael Render, a rapper from Atlanta. Most know him as Killer Mike, one half of Run The Jewels (again, warning: the song I linked to includes cursing, other explicit language, and violence, and the music video portrays violence including that perpetrated by a police officer). I don’t agree with all of his political views–that’s true about the subjects of many of the resources that I share on this blog–, but the things he does to assist black Americans and educate everyone about race-related issues are inspiring.


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