For Henry Thomas Bennett

February 1, 2016

When you die 
butter don’t melt in yo mouf
Every thang posed to be 
nice an cool an awright 
Lees till we kin gitchu good in da groun’
Wet it wit sawt wahda 
An give outcho thangs ta da good will
Dey kill you dead den dead ahgin
Take yo bref an yo past 
Noose em up one atha duh utha
Hih you watch somebody die two times in ah life
Hih don’t nobody know bout all dem times he meant da world ta somebody 
Dey keep ya living like a ol dead thang hauntin’ 
Den kill you ahgin case somebody missed it da firs 
Can’t nobody cool thangs off 
Set his mouf skraight an his soul off nice
Lessin dey know bout dem times he was da whole moon and sun
Ta somebody

 

© Vanya Allen

 

South Bay FL- January 23, 2016. Photo by Johanne Rahaman

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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