rebeccalynn

this morning
i woke up with my ears ringing
i think
i dreamt of the screams of fatherless boys
& they’ve been echo
in my head all day
& i thought
i was going to write a metaphor
about black folks being murdered
& jesus christ
but i’m tired
& we don’t get
crosses
& there’s no
forgiveness
just
cold concrete
&
i’m not callin anyone
a
god
but it’s not like y’all
are callin us
human
either
—  RebeccaLynn Gualtieri, “this morning i woke up with my ears ringing,” published in Maps for Teeth