ISSUE 1: SUMMER 2015 / POETRY

“Black Boy: Joy and Tears” by Monique R. Harris

 

Black Boy, when I came home

I saw a little black baby boy

lying in the arms of our mother

JOY

Black Boy, when you fell and hurt your knees

TEARS

Black Boy, when you flew down the street

riding the back of my wheelchair

or when you grew and we flew down the street in a car

JOY

Black Boy, when I left home and sight of you everyday

because I needed to leave and live my life

TEARS

Black Boy, when we hung out and talked about the little people

and how we respect them

JOY

Black Boy, when people gawked at your dreads and condemn you

without knowing who you are

they should feel your heart

TEARS

Black Boy, when we cruised to Santa Cruz

you tilted my wheelchair down steps

so I could touch the sand

even though your back twinged

JOY AND TEARS

Black Boy, when I phoned you

and Mom could not wake you

I screamed, “Please try!”

but Mom could not wake you

TEARS

TEARS

TEARS

34 tears for 34 years

for Black Boy

JOY FOREVER

An African-American woman with cerebral palsy raising a son alone in California, Monique Harris writes poems against injustice. She published three poems in the March 2013 issue of Wordgathering.                                       

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