I saw you painted on a ghetto wall last summer and thought don’t submit to this medium ... everybody’s running into the wall or running into each other and plagiarizing our future like mummies and nukes, I watched you hug the Mona Lisa. I wanna use the word pariah until it shrugs for us and even their disguises go limp as a fire tumbling down a hillside into the playfulness in my heart, acres and acres of a lean, almost spiritual vibe afraid of its own momentum and then not afraid again
Source: Poetry (November 2013).
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This poem originally appeared in the November 2013 issue of Poetry magazine