April 29, 2005

Poem On Your Blog - Friday

I'm currently serving on a jury, so my big plans for "Poem On Your Blog Weekend" have been scaled back. However, I will post at least one poem per day, Friday through Sunday.

My first poem was chosen because it's timely and personal and because it showcases Donald's all-around talents and commitment to remembering and honoring Black Gay Men (in this case, Rashawn Brazell) and our struggle.

Lip Gloss by Donald Andrew Agarrat

Another day, early morning
freshly scrubbed
put on lips
just a little too thick
I don't give a fuck
The moisture is locked, softening
and beautiful.

Besides, maybe he'll notice me
on the train, on the way to work
at work, across the counter, at lunch

He put on lips
Just a little too thick
But of course
It's a picture, honey
and a picture is forever.

Maybe he'll look back
at this yearbook
and see these lips
and remember to call me
on Valentine's Day
Mamma don't need to know yet
until he loves me.

Now it's been three weeks.
No one really knows you
or what you wanted
or what happened
oh, 19
took me 45 minutes to tell her
but how could she not know?
and you never had the chance
all they see is lips
not a face or life.

And all I can see in the faces
on the train, on the street
in Luke & Leroy's, on Adam4Adam
is your murderer.
Someone I wanted
who maybe wanted you
someone who has broken my heart.

Posted by ronn at April 29, 2005 07:05 AM


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Tracked on May 5, 2005 07:48 PM

And don't forget the opening reception for the Hey Hot Shot/Spring competition winners. I'll be there to give Donald a bear hug!! Posted by: ronn [TypeKey Profile Page] on April 29, 2005 07:17 AM
Oh no! Am I too late? I have a poem too. I will backdate it on my blog and get it posted tonight. Posted by: James [TypeKey Profile Page] on May 4, 2005 03:54 PM
James baby, you ain't too late for Poem on Your Blog ... 2006!! ;-) It doesn't matter, I would love to read the poem you choose. Posted by: ronn [TypeKey Profile Page] on May 4, 2005 05:36 PM