Monday, June 27, 2011

february sixteenth (revolution eve).

her aunt drank tea in a yellow dress
on the eve of a revolution.
she caught her mother kissing her father
in the alcove in the kitchen,
her uncle hugged her and his beard smelled like dinner,
her brother's feet left tracks on the veranda tile,
the neighbor's had a wedding next door

and she was lying in the grass, under the sun
behind garden walls that felt unbreachable
the first time she heard bullet meet flesh

her aunt scratched her own face bloody
her mother vomited in the flower beds 
as her father held her,
her uncle's beard filled with tears,
her brother's body left blood stains on the tile of the veranda,
the wedding next door turned into a funeral,
and she washed her first body
on the eve of a revolution.

Sunday, June 19, 2011


love to all the fathers. the ones living their lives to make their children's better. working in under florescent lights or dodging bullets under desert sun so the next generation won't suffer. for the ones bringing up the next generation of men and teaching little girls how to love.

this is for the fathers that the world forgot.

the ones who had to bury their children.

the ones dying so their children can live free.

the ones that the law forgets are parents too.

the ones who work and love and love and work.

the ones who kiss their babies and throw them in the air.

the ones who chase their kids through the house with a blanket on their head.

the ones who tell stories. and sing songs. and take pictures.

the ones like my dad.

baba. papa. dad.

is it hard to look like the father that didn't want you?