The Monochrome View
Tell him it’s a lie.
The ashen hue for sun,
the gunmetal ground for soil,
the pewter pole for fruit-bearing tree,
the cinereous mural wall for fresh field
with its marbleized animalia—
Show him how to see.
into azura days of clarity,
Kelly green gardens of hope,
vermillion walls of a happy home,
kaleidoscope ways of being impervious to
circumstances and unnatural playgrounds—
Tell him and tell him again and again,
the truth about little black boys and Monarchs,
then pray he flies.
*From “Black Butterfly” by Barry Mann & Cynthia Weil
Featuring the poetry of Lenett Nef’fahtiti Myrick (formerly Allen), jaki-terry, Linda Joy Burke, and Chezia Thompson-Cager, editor. Inprint Editions. 2001.
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