dancing martin

I loved you knowing the blood would come.
I loved you knowing people in the streets
would be chanting your name. I dreamt
of you before I loved you and woke
holding my hand out for yours.
Nothing has changed, sweetheart.
I always knew there was a war
out there and the best way
to face it has always been together.

From Coretta Scott King to Martin Luther King Jr.

by Fortesa Latifi

from No Matter the Time

available for purchase here


“Ten Little Soldier Boys went out to dine; One choked his little self and then there were nine.
Nine Little Soldier Boys stayed up very late; One overslept himself and then there were eight.
Eight Little Soldier Boys travelling in Devon; One said he’d stay there and then there were seven.
Seven Little Soldier Boys chopping up sticks; One chopped himself in halves and then there were six.
Six Little Soldier Boys playing with a hive; A bumblebee stung one and then there were five.
Five Little Soldier Boys going in for law; One got in Chancery and then there were four.
Four Little Soldier Boys going out to sea; A red herring swallowed one and then there were three.
Three Little Soldier Boys walking in the zoo; A big bear hugged one and then there were two.
Two Little Soldier Boys sitting in the sun; One got frizzled up and then there was One.
One Little Soldier Boy left all alone; He went and hanged himself and then there were none.”