(Wasn’t it Beenie Man who said
“memories don’t live like people do”?
well, whatever to my cultural contexts…)
requires a test of memories, of memory
a battle with brain
pathways, clandestine tunnels.
what was here
can you remember?
can you toni morrison rememory?
loss is so easy
the victor is now—always
the challenge set before you
the duel proposed
whose blood will spill, evaporate
whose reality will spill, evaporate
whose blood will circulate
whose reality will circulate
we may pray for blood on the sidewalk