For Her Family

For Her Family

For Her Family

She sat snapping string beans
scrapping the scales off red fish
her knife’s blade buried beneath
layers of yam and onion skin

She enjoyed these moments
legs cocked wide pot in-between
a clarity of knowing what to discard
what to keep where things stood naturally

She had always loved his hands
more than his arms
his brawn more than the
lies from his mouth

The way he cared for the children
giving them what was left in his eyes
he was a damn good father yet
in totality not what she desired

But what is there that comes whole?
At times only prime cuts to admire

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Rites of Passage

Rites of Passage

Rites Of Passage

I could be attached to a chain
at the bottom of the sea

I could be a runaway
with only a star to comfort me

I could be a series of
cruel jokes in American history

A shadow mourning the death of
its body that died mysteriously

Could be an out of place African
note in an English song-

my tongue does not remember
my mind can not recall

This poem could have been a
tear left to wallow in defeat

I could have been
snatched
stripped
broken then
freed

I am thankful for those
that came before me

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Excerpt from “Measuring For Balance” by Author Demitri Tyler

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