suntan lotion


i will not protect you

nor

take my sunshines, deem them purchase

or property for your

profit.

my smiles are not for sale today.

today

there are no free samples of my soul in plastic cups

poured up.

there is no tasting of my tongue

you will not

toothpick my fears

pair them with a Merlot

or Bordeaux

no.

i am tasty

but you will not

taste me

not today.

still

if you seek

to slather yourself

in the souls of black boys, searching

hoping

to have some

tint rub off on

you

or

rub out some

white, or,

sin, or,

sacrifice.

i suggest you try suntan lotion instead.

my body is not

an altar, today.

but if it was

how high

you would have

to ascend

to prey pray on it.

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