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Mecca

The soft radiance of your skin wraps me in sepia sheets under which your Mecca lies.

I came to conquer and be conquered by.

Allow me to lay seige to your walls as you claw at me defenses,

Then take me by force for I am relentless.

You can condemn me for my sin of seeking your cryptic treasure,

But first gaze into my eyes and bear witness to true pleasure.

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Born From Depletion

We are the rascals who march to the drums of our own screeching

Music born from depletion

Lyrics of the abyss

Listen to our empty melodies and cry your heart's content

For we aren't done yet

Lounge in your putrid contempt

And watch the legion of red lesions

Grow colors of the cursed

Our music is born from depletion

Hoping to one day become full

And burst.

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Sunrise Eyes

Like a child I foolishly gaze into your sunrise eyes

Finding a blinding vision of a new day

Where everything fades to black but the yellows of your incandescence

The holy color that sanctifies the black of our sacred skin

Might I lose sight in the blissful haze,

With my eyes closed and my heart open,

The weight of your wavelengths’ warm embrace

Would guide me back to you

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Jagged Edges

The cracks spilled over,

Bursting out of the mental

Construct of my cerebral

And constructing a body of their own.

Going toe to toe with my alter ego,

Glass breaks glass,

Leaving nothing but jagged edges on the floor.

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Khaya Skin

Elusive secrets dance under your Khaya skin,

Bringing whoever seeks your knowledge deep into your roots,

Where our ancestors reside.

For its only the calm deep of your eternal shade

That provides true refuge from the raging of the Sun,

From which you turn its boundless, chaotic light

Into innumerable little five-petaled stars,

Whose effervescent glamour brings awe to all.

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Nail Polish

If I could paint my dreams

Warm, ethereal colors would dance with blotches of black

An elegant duet across the marble floor of my fingernails

I'd show the world these vivid visions

Waiting to burst and splatter their eclectic entrails

But this same world tears my distress into my denim

And preys on my vulnerabilities, striking with its venom

So today I will write my dreams, an...

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Tatted Heart

Could I see the heart on your sleeve?

That raging red rose with no thorns in sight

I know they’re there somewhere but I’m not scared

Could you show me that heart on your sleeve?

And let me trace my fingers along the stem and leaves

Down deep to your roots?

I’d bleed the cost to find your nourishment

I wouldn’t mind the little punishments

If I could feel your lips form

Th...

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Used To

My heart loved like a racecar

But my anxieties never let me switch lanes

I saw you from afar, I admit

Though I believed your curious eyes

Were a figment of my imagination

 

Then we collided,

And you left me cold, frozen in the snow

 

My heart still loves like a racecar

But the collisions don't hurt as bad as they

Used to

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End of the Road

I walked through brush and rocks,

Climbed mountains and crossed rivers,

Making sure to meticulously follow the path

Set out for me

But it seems this is as far as it gets

All the hope that filled my spirit and pushed me forward

Step by step,

Beat by beat,

Is swept away with a gust of wind

My weary bones give way

And I fall to my knees to pray to God.

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Hurt Me

Sticks and stones never broke my bones

But the words did hurt me, the words do hurt me

All my life I felt alone

Cuz no one told me, the world's unholy

Your tongue was like a knife's serrated edge

Each word a rusted, jagged point meant to cut me rough

Beyond stitches' remedy

And then I let my own reign free

Adding insult to injury 

Sticks and stones never broke my bones

...

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Long Gone

Leave her in the past but I'll know I'll miss her...

I drink up little images with regrets as a chaser

Most of the memories are

Long gone

Long gone

Long gone

Fleeting giggles lost to time

But I'll never forget the soft of her thighs

The power of her mind

And the sadness in her cries

Those will stay until I'm

Long gone

Long gone

Long gone

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Star Gazin'

As I looked up upon November's sky

I caught the little glimmers in my eye

They painted a warm expanse

Dotted with infinite portals to far away lands

I lied there frozen

My body chilled by the earth and the notion

That these worlds were out of reach

But this solitary moment subsided

When I felt the warmth of the world

Lying right next to me.

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Dust and Ash

The men with the bundles of sticks

Came and went and have come again

They’ve come to restore a mythic strength lost,

Through blood, for blood

They’ve come to rebuild a legendary home fallen

Our soil! Our soil! They say

They’ve come to take all

As an offering to their dead god of perfection

Who is to stop them but us?

When is to stop them but now?

Their sticks may brea...

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Anti-Fascist

Puppet Master

Make my eyes turn to sandpaper

Watch me cry my rivers dry

And leave

Me lifeless, gasping for air

Grin at my dying breaths 

And be the wind that makes my lungs

Balloon and burst

I am hanging by the last threads of my heartstrings,

So I beg, do as you will with me.

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Butterflies

I'll wait three decades to feel your smile underneath our sheets,

Where beneath all the world's burdens we find our peace.

If we stayed cocooned until we emerged anew as

Butterflies,

Could we fly to the Beyond?

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Work of Art

~You let me into your intimacy

From a thousand miles away.

My eyes gripped the small of your back

And cried at the renaissance of your skin.~

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Longing

In Stone

~Engrave your words in stone,

The soft ones too.

For foes old and new

Will never cease to twist and tangle,

Cut off and misconstrue.

Solid rock can not be so easily shaped,

Except by many waters.

But be steadfast.

The waves are with you.~

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Music

~We talked in the silence of gazes and secret touches,

With inquiring eyes and fingers that gave

The blissful answers.

The world was noise

Until our quiet formed the gaps

And made music.~

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Skater Girl

~Nobody really sees her,

And I won't pretend to,

But she's not a poser.

The day I fell in lust with her choker

Is when I told myself I had to know her.

 

*I think she hides her distress in her skinny jeans*

 

I'm not a skater boy but I've done it a few.

The delightful terror it brings, she comes with it too.

Feet to the concrete and face to the pavement,

Bruises an...

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Unabashed

~If standing in solidarity with the marginalized is extreme

Then I Am an extremist.

If having empathy for the ostracized is radical

Then I Am a radical.

If standing unmoved in my convictions is partisan

Then I Am a partisan.

These labels don't deter me

But they embolden me

And they give me the strength to fight.

 

Embrace the ridicule.~

 

 

 

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Waiting for October

~When the midnight breeze struggles against the wrinkles of my windbreaker

But doesn't quite win yet,

I'll know that autumn's set. 

When listening to Aubrey brings the company of both friends

And endearing ghosts alike,

I'll know that early will come the night. 

The nights of campfire love songs and guitar rifs

And those of frat house trap music and police tips.

I am patien...

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Liberation's a Mosh Pit

~My heart's torn like the rips in my black denim jeans

Jeans tight like the constrictions and pressures forced on me

But they say that pressure turns coal to diamonds.

They talkin' bout the ten dollar diamonds that used to dance on my ears?

The ones that almost got me disowned,

With accusations of queerness and criminality tossed left and right?

Yet I smile.

Drain out bad ener...

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Dante's Inferno

~She says she's been fighting her demons for an eternity.

Waging war against her inner rage,

She only smiles to save face.

Its complicated,

she laments,

an interconnected mangled mess of self doubt, ((suffocating)) emptiness, 

and despair.

If only I could provide a restorative repair.~

 

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Black Bodies

~Black bodies stained red

By hands of those whom color has not dared touch

Black bodies left for dead

Destroyed, discarded, desecrated, and given to death's clutch

Black bodies have always bled

For the sins of those who are yet to be judged

Black bodies are hanging by a thread

Waiting for justice, but receiving none such.~

 

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Justice

Nights in Neptune

~Quietly floating atop the rolling fabric of navy

Blue like the absence of oxygen in the veins

Tracing a trajectory charted and discovered,

Re-charted and rediscovered,

I spend the nights in Neptune.

I find an uneasy peace as daybreak cracks and attacks the ice

But the deep fissures fuse ever stronger.

The ocean lulls my corpus into a drowsy state

As my restless mind rages ...

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depression

What Do You See?

~When you look at me what do you see?

Do you see rivers and oceans

Or mountains and crevices?

Do you see the deep frown yearning

Or the sweet smile of satisfaction?

Do you lock eyes with the elixer of youth

Or observe the first wrinkles of death?

Or do you see right through?~

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Tennessee River

~He pretends the river is an ocean

When one can't have the potent dose

One makes do with the diluted potion

Caught between two jagged green coasts

The murky current slowly propels his motion

If he has a good, sturdy boat

He might just last to see his ocean~

 

 

 

 

 

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journey

Mosaic

~A fractured mosaic staring back at me

Shades of blue, brown, yellow, gray and green

Are the stitching that weave this being together

A fabrication of vibrant parts synthesizing to make a real whole

The real me~

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self love

LLJ

~The melodies of your tortured soul sent reverberating echos through the ethos  

Desperate cries intertwined in tunes unheard of 

Your cadences resonated with the frequencies of my essense

In perfect harmony

Setting my ailing heart at ease over and again.

As I gnash my teeth with bloody emotions

As I rage against the ultimate injustice

I hope you find rest in perfect harmony

...

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death

When will I see you again?

~When will I see you again?

Time keeps ticking, each second feeling like a solitary eternity

But do you know I've been waiting for entire lifetimes? 

Do you wait for me too?

I replay the recollections of time spent together over and over in my head

Like a broken record

I long for the days when my head would find comfort on your shoulders

When my hands would find your thighs

...

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Love not quite requited

Love Letter to a Stranger

~You're the feeling that makes my heart melt into a caramel abyss
I can taste the sweet demise you subject me to on the tip of my tongue
This sugary concoction flows out of your soul and seemingly by magic, or maybe alchemy, transforms into the feathers that come together like wings to lift me up beyond the natural heights of my masculine flesh
Bringing out the fleshly, carnal desires of my sou...

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InfatuationLoveLust

Plastic Razor Blades

~It's that constant voice in my head,
It's my voice,
Illustrating the never-ending daytime nightmares that keep me up at night,
That keep me down at noon
I fall for these stories
The fabrications that knit the fabric of my life
It's the stories behind the gazes that cut the deepest
Everyday I fight through plastic razor blades
But I don't think I'm strong enough~

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social anxiety

Invisible

~I'm the thin layer of ice that forms on paved surfaces
A slippery slope that can lead to ones demise if ignored
But you ignore me anyway, because I'm seemingly harmless
I don't think the camouflage I wear every waking day helps
It's a proactive measure I guess
You see right through me
Like I'm made of glass
I'm fragile, but you throw the stones anyway
Don't you know shards are deadly?~

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feelinginsecurityInvisible

Summer

~The hot summers that make my skin sizzle
With the sun that exposes the melanin under the melanin
Windows down, AC on, an ice cold sweet tea
these are the only weapons available to me
the tools that wage war against the heat
It's only in this battle that I feel alive~

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