Black Jeff—Beyond & Blue

Sometimes you won’t know
Love hiding in plain—shyness—
Until you turn your
Back on him
On purpose.

A whimper and a blade
Of sincere yearning and
I
Was
Bitten.

Jeffery—the only
Boy in that class more
Stupid-brilliant
Than I was.

We were Both
AMG 7-Series sedans
(In Snowboy White &
Empire Onyx)—he
Was in love with the
Matched set of us—with
That lone whiteboy
Who was just barely
Smart enough to be
His strange peer.

A 6th Grade San Diego Black Boy’s
Fancy; Gothic, I guess—
Or Something Even Simpler—
The way a Prince becomes King
While on his way to
Snow White.

Ruby
Red
&
Her
Be
Witch
Ing
Blue
Eyes.

(My eyes. REGARDLESS.)

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