Or Oreo, or
worse. Or ordinary.
Or your choice   
of category

            or   
            Color

or any color   
other than Colored
or Colored Only.
Or “Of Color”
         
            or   
            Other

or theory or discourse
or oral territory.
Oregon or Georgia
or Florida Zora

            or
            Opportunity

or born poor   
or Corporate. Or Moor.
Or a Noir Orpheus
or Senghor

            or   
            Diaspora

or a horrendous   
and tore-up journey.
Or performance. Or allegory’s armor
of ignorant comfort

            or
            Worship

or reform or a sore chorus.
Or Electoral Corruption
or important ports
of Yoruba or worry

            or
            Neighbor

or fear of . . .
of terror or border.
Or all organized
minorities.

  • Source: Poetry Magazine

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