Bottom lip to unswept pavement, she stared at me
Stranger to Stranger,
this is our exchange.
I am not a public installation,
my hands are in errand,
my eyes still sleepy.
Pre-noon a blur, uninterrupted and slow.
Disgust on her tongue I did ignore, but
here I am,
weaker than I thought,
replaying, revisiting, rewriting-
S̶o̶ ̶y̶o̶u̶'̶v̶e̶ ̶n̶e̶v̶e̶r̶ ̶s̶e̶e̶n̶ ̶a̶ ̶m̶a̶n̶ ̶w̶i̶t̶h̶ ̶b̶o̶o̶b̶s̶?̶ ̶
S̶o̶ ̶y̶o̶u̶’̶v̶e̶ ̶n̶e̶v̶e̶r̶ ̶s̶e̶e̶n̶ ̶a̶ ̶t̶r̶a̶n̶s̶m̶a̶n̶?̶ ̶
S̶o̶ ̶y̶o̶u̶’̶v̶e̶ ̶n̶e̶v̶e̶r̶ ̶s̶e̶e̶n̶ ̶a̶ ̶t̶r̶a̶n̶s̶ ̶p̶e̶r̶s̶o̶n̶?̶ ̶
S̶o̶ ̶y̶o̶u̶’̶v̶e̶ ̶n̶e̶v̶e̶r̶ ̶s̶e̶e̶n̶ ̶this ̶b̶o̶d̶y̶?̶
Most days I settle for,
What the fuck are you looking at?
You got a problem?
Say it again!
The tender comfort of deep night,
replaced by a slow peel of daylight,
from head to soul,
My torn skin aches to scorch under the shared sun,
I am lost, but I walk
down this piss soaked stoop's-
flaming red carpet.
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December 5-8: IRT Residency, Manhattan, NY.
December 9: GOING ROUGE Love-Fest, 8:30pm, The New Ohio Theatre, Manhatten, NY. Buy Tickets Here
March 21: True Colors Conference, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT.
April 7: University of Indiana, Performance 9pm, Indianapolis, IN.