Black History. Month?


My nickname was Nigger
They said I was Ugly
Stupid
Lazy
A slave
Like my mother

My nickname was Negrita
They said I was High Yellow
A stigma
A flower
A spice
Like saffron


My nickname was February
They said I was a leap
A color
A history
A revival
Like the Olympics


My nickname was Love
They said I was a labyrinth
A signpost
A doorway
A sweetness
Like juice

My nickname was Invention
Like the egg
A hatch
A yoke
A woe
Like man


My nickname was Peaches
Not from Georgia
Nor concentrate


I am a lifetime
A pulp
Condensed for weak
Palates
Purposed to saturate
Poisons of the
Present


Bite Me


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