Urban Boys & the Blueshttps://barrenmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/B69C781D-BBE6-4EAF-8EA2-4DE6645E8F73.jpeg40133010Shirley Jones-LukeShirley Jones-Lukehttps://secure.gravatar.com/avatar/50baff1a6e85c8a9d0ed684e262f8374?s=96&d=mm&r=g
No, they are not all-American boys, but black & brown shadows, shaping their futures, wishing for magic
No, they are not powerless, not broken by an unjust society, making them targets because they are black diamonds
They are the descendants of Africa, the un-American negro, nigger, nigga, related to former slaves of lost origins
Yes, they walk across the brown soil, of a never – forgotten people, angry about what has been denied them
Yes, they are neon signs, bodies like electric artists, illuminating their canvases for all to see
These boys, these boys of the diaspora know they carry more than struggle in their DNA, they carry freedom
Shirley Jones-Luke is a poet and a writer. Ms. Luke lives in Boston, Mass. She has an MFA from Emerson College. Her work has appeared in journals and magazines. During the summer of 2018, Shirley was a participant at VONA and Tin House workshops.