Afro Latinx Poetry Issue – Kenning JP Garcia

Kenning JP Garcia

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Might Come

when it wasn’t too warm
000000 it was just another place
and the grays were coming in in all the worst ways
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the concrete cut its teeth on the crash of cars
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made mostly of water
000000000000 every death is a spill
00000000000000000 0 and subject
00000000000000000 0 to the same sayings
00000000000000000 0 as milk
000000 in a court of law
00000000000000000 0 at the scrutiny of eyes
000000 wandering behind doors shut
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a bullet is a trespasser
00000000000000000 0 – breaking and entering
00000000000000000 0 given a purpose
00000000000000000 0 looking for only one thing
00000000000000000000000  0 to steal
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perhaps if this place wasn’t so old
000000000000 maybe age
000000000000 wouldn’t be
000000000000 seen as a merit badge
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000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000everything’s got to change

0000000000000000000000000000000000000love comes with its own terms and conditions
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what did life agree to?
what signature was there to match the assignment?
surely nothing is agreed to
000000 without some sort
000000000000 of mark left
00000000000000000000000000000000000000 *
by birthright
000000 there is a flood
000000 in the bones
00000000000000000 0 ships leave
00000000000000000 0 from ports
000000 and wreck under waves
00000000000000000 0 of bodies

how cruel the skin is
000000 trapping the currents
set to flow,
000000 merge into oceans,
000000000000 destroy
000000 that which is only a cover up,
000000000000 disguise,
00000000000000000 0 uniform –

those rags of flesh
000000000000 over which
000000000000 there was no choice given
000000000000 to choose
000000000000 where to begin
000000000000 and what endings might come
just because

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