every firework that you see tonight once had a name


every firework

that you see tonight

once had a name.

perhaps

it was Renisha

or Nizah

or Aiyana or

Eric

or freedom or

slavery

today.

some will pretend to be

unable to remember their names but

you

can.

when it bursts above you

falling back down to the earth

multi-colored

messenger from the gods

with the boom

of a gunshot

these be

warning shots

sorta sounds like

a final word or deep breath

if you listen hard enough.

every firework

that you see tonight

once had a name.

and i can find their names

see their faces

in the fiery explosions of this

patriotic

pyrotechnic

celebration of

independence or 

dependence on

death

depending

on where you are standing.

depending

on where you are standing you might be able to hear them

but if you are close enough

you can see them

even closer

and you will feel the moment each one

explodes

in your very bones– like

a misplaced heartbeat.

every firework that you see tonight once had a

heartbeat.

and it may

have sounded like the click-clang

pain of Chinese workers on railroads or

the cry of a child being carted off the auction block

skin

as dark as the night sky that is set to be

illuminated

tonight

might make

trails of light in the

blackness

trails of tears in the darkness

trails of money in the

open

but tonight

i am told

to celebrate shackles

and clap for cuffs

whoop

for war

in red blue and white

whoop for war

that is always black brown and

poor

every firework

that you see tonight

once had a name.

how can you stare them

in the eyes

and pretend

you’ve already

forgotten?

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  1. I must say that your blog , your poetry, your very streams of universal consciousness , fuel and inspire to such a degree that they lead me into a state of bliss, I feel like a whirling dervish in a state of constant reception of divine will and consciousness

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