Love Poems: Mango

i wrote this while i ate a mango with my right hand
i licked the juices that ran down my arm
my mouth was full of yellow fruit
and i imagined this is how your skin would taste
if i brushed my lips against it

how sweet it is

i bite deeper into the flesh,
peel the skin with my teeth
this is how my mother taught me
to eat a mango. this is how her mother
taught her to eat a mango. this is how
Liberia taught us to eat a mango.
to the bone. sitting down. close to earth.

did you know that i see the weather in your eyes?
we are in drought, my love
you have not cried in years
i want to know the things you’ve seen
show me your bones
tell me real Richmond tales

black king
how strange it must be
to live in a world that does not bow at your feet

they have made a slave of you
they have made a slave of you
they have made a slave of you, my god

they have changed your name from man to nigga
and sometimes you’ve answered
your world is littered with black bodies searching
searching for something better than this
searching for a way out
searching for a place to call home
this land of the free wants nothing to do with your freedom
it wants you to die a thousand deaths in one day
it wants your sweat and blood and silence
it is the thing this country is made of
black silence. black sufferance.
white houses built by black hands upon red bones

they have made a slave of you
and every day is another
chance at liberation
baby, get free
find that kingdom that rests inside your head

and in the darkest of nights
as the world turns on your shoulders
know that my love is with you
it is heavy and aching and patient
to the bone. for the soul. close to God.
this is how my mother taught me to love a man.
this is how her mother taught her to love a man.
this is how our bloodlines taught us to love a man.

 

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