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©2018 Barren Magazine. An Alt.Lit Introspective.

Urban Boys & the Blues


by Shirley Jones-Luke

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

Header photograph © Jason D. Ramsey.

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