Ladybug

for a real one 1. We met four years after you jumped the broom too soon.   By then you were the living dead. Your husband fathered a child   with another woman, knowing you always dreamt of being a   mother. And he shot down your self-confidence every time he   loaded up his pistol while awaiting his next call of duty.   2. You needed healing so I became your healer.   If I’m being honest, you’d said, I’d take a … Continued

Feels Like Home

It’s Friday night in America I’m at home as usual But no complaints I’ve got company over The sort of people you might know   Guest No. 1 is from South Africa She’s poring over The Grapes of Wrath Only two years old … Continued

The Rant Goes Hard to the Cup

The Rant now feels convinced the Cavaliers could trade the entire team for the ghost of George Mikan, 75 year-old Globetrotter Curly Neal, an autographed Bill Russell jersey, and a case of Gatorade, and somehow LeBron James would still get … Continued

Ranter’s Block

The Rant has the dreaded block. We have written and erased enough words to fill a book, a very bad book, with a garish cover and an intro by a person you never heard of but gets paid to soldier … Continued

Dinner for One

Lyla’s Café, located on 125th and Amsterdam in New York City, is a mere two blocks from my apartment building. It’s well known for its French fries—and perhaps other things too, but I couldn’t tell you. It’s been open for … Continued

Free Lunch

There ain’t no such thing as a free lunch   Pay attention to daydreams Wash your hands of crocodile tears Say no to the hush money   Rewind the future Defy space and time Destroy illusions   See sound Hear … Continued

The What

What the horn blows resounds through my studio in the concrete jungle where pin oaks grow   What the bird sings resonates in my dreams at the break of dawn when in full swing   What the book dares me … Continued

Wait No Longer

When weeks or months or even years have past since you first imagined yourself starting a new   enterprise that you feel will positively impact your life, but you haven’t yet actualized it, and you still   feel strongly about it today as you did the first day, the source of the problem may be procrastination.   One way to solve this problem is to jot down what the enterprise is and then list three steps only you   could do to get … Continued

Euphoria

it was a tapestry of chords interwoven one into another progressing like a stampede   echoes of a language somewhat akin to love ricocheting off the wall commencing a symphony   everywhere and nowhere midway a journey steady, soft, and … Continued

Mathematics for Breakfast

Ever ate an algorithm with some statistics on the side?   Ever drank a homomorphism through the prism of capitalism?   Yes! said no one ever. But she knew the truth all along.   Yet they didn’t consider her credible. … Continued