You indoctrinated my people with mental shackles.Black Gastopos- keeping us in line. These sleeper cells say, wrong rhetoric wrong clothes wrong ambitions wrong culture assimilate nigger who told you to do better who told you to think more who told you not to swallow whole portions of a shattered culture. Who taught you love? drown … More “White” Nigger
When I first found you, both of your wings were broken. Spread out and lifeless as if you were crucified to the ground, I could tell you were hurt. Lost and neglected Gasping for air, You seemed helpless I knew I could help you. With love and enough time, you could soar again. … More I’ve Come to Release You.
Benjamin and I have been meditating since he was 3 months. The Dalai Lama says “If every 8 year old in the world is taught meditation, we will eliminate violence from the world within one generation.” I wanted to impart stillness onto Benjamin much earlier than that. I want him to understand: The beginning of … More Meditating with Benjamin
Sometimes I feel like a ghost, haunted by an unfilled past and trapped in the present. Using the roadmaps of today but taking the footsteps of yesterday. A reming ectoplasm encased in flash When I see how much has changed in the world, soul tells my vessel To remember… my soul tell my vessel remain … More A Ghost
If I were taught not to value myself, I wouldn’t know how to value others. I would be angry and hurt because I was fighting an internal battle of self. I would inflict physical and emotional pain on to others as a misguided attempt to understand my own pain. I would develop a complex seeking … More How would I behave if society indoctrinated me to believe that I was nothing and a nobody; that this is how the world views me?
One day, My son, we will sit down and have a special talk. Benjamin, I want you to know, Life will be the most wondrous magical journey you can have. But these are a few timeless truths I want plant in you. People are often unreasonable, illogical and self centered; Forgive them anyway. Go into … More The Facts of Life (Letter two to Benjamin)
I awoke to a sea of texting messages from friends and family wishing me a “Happy Father’s Day”. A few went as far to say “Happy Fathers Day, hope this day brings you (the most of your) joy and happiness.” Overwhelmed, all I could do was weep because my son was not with me. I … More Happy Father’s Day- “Where’s your Son?”
I fear you will not sleep I fear, like me, you will be inherently restless Inheriting my incorrigibility I fear you will not know rest. I fear I will not be able to protect you From disappointment From heartbreak From the world Conceive under such precarious circumstances A man child was born Benjamin, mon petit … More A Letter to Benjamin (written on the eve of your birth)
queer kwir/ adjective strange; odd. Formerly used derogatorily to describe a gay man. Queer has been reclaimed by the LGBTQPIA community as a unifying inclusive term for anyone that identities outside of the societal norms of gender or sexuality or both. It is a fluid label as opposed to a solid label, one that only … More Definitions
My Deepest Fear is not that I am inadequate; My Deepest Fear is that I am more powerful than I can fathom. It is me, not society, that frightens me most. I ask myself, who am I to be Young, Gifted, Black and Queer? In a world that would condition me not to dissect my … More Queer Black Dad