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

10

“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.”