NYU Black Renaissance Noire Fall 2013 - Page 105

To Samantha, 23 A bright yellow shawl to wrap around my shoulders like a prayer, royal blue ballet flats to adorn my feet like a prize I never would have won if not for the twenty-three years she had breathed blessings into the air; creature of light and darkness she gave me words to bite into, sour and sweet like a pomegranateseeds too numerous to count, too layered to unearth, but they are there no matter how much I eat still more, red-stained hands fleshy red, delicious, 103 BLACK RENAISSANCE NOIRE admired wherever she is planted. BRN-FALL-2013.indb 103 9/13/13 12:48 AM