Lately, It’s Been Nothing New


lately, it’s been nothing new.

been hard trying

to keep this

brittle heart

from falling

too far apart for repairs

.

where’s freedom when it’s needed?

freedom from

a fate coming

prematurely?

.

headlines out here getting sequels worse than the original.

scripts calling

for more violence

faster on the trigger

less backstory

new victims same villains

.

skin is not a uniform

skin is not a weapon

skin is not a target

skin is not a threat

skin is fragile

skin is not a choice

skin is not a liability

skin is not anybody’s fault

skin is not at fault

.

to be fair,

everybody makes mistakes

to be honest,

why are the same folks on the same side of the errors?

.

it must be something to solve for

every problem

comes with an answer

once we figure out

the control

and the variables

.

it must be something in the water

in the stars

in the blood

beneath it

going on and on

and on

but the end has yet to arrive

.

someday can’t come fast enough.

but patience is gone

.

anger has its reasons. sadness is the logic inscribed in our genes. sorrow the logo we want changed.

no more

names

no more

stories questioned

in the name of anything other than justice

no more hashtag proof

that equality

has yet to exist

.

lately, it’s hard not to feel hunted.

lately, extinction feels like a possibility.

children first

the women

old folks too

.

it’s been lonely

waiting.

it’s been lonely

hoping.

it’s been lonely

in solidarity.

it’s been lonely

for love.

.

truth is . . .

that’s the joke

been heard before.

punchline’s always same as before

.

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