NYU Black Renaissance Noire Spring 2015 - Page 120

By HENRY DUMAS Henry Dumas, “Knees of a Natural Man” RITE HUNT Vodu green clinching his waist, obi purple ringing his neck, Shango, God of the spirits, whispering in his ear, thunderlight stabbing the island of blood rising from his skull. antelope falls i watch jakqula cut i watch titio cut i watch yakub lift i watch all carry i leg beneath i tongue falling blood i am butang dog from The Selected Poetry of Henry Dumas, published by Thunder’s Mouth Press. Copyright © 1968-2010 by Loretta Dumas Mojo bone in his fist strikes the sun from his eye. Iron claw makes his wrist. He recalls the rites of strength carved upon his chest. Black flame, like tongues of glass, ripples beneath a river of sweat. and Eugene B. Redmond. Strike the island! Strike the sun! Strike the eye of evil! Strike the guilt one! 118 No power can stay the mojo when the obi is purple and the vodu is green and Shango is whispering, Bathe me in blood. I am not clean. BRN-SPRING-2015.indb 118 3/29/15 11:42 AM