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for N’Jadaka

 

Share? Huh.  Naw, son.  Y’all act like

air is some infinite resource. Some body

gon’ need to make a speedy exit off this

here block. Once, before I knew better, I did

like y’all taught me to do in grade school

when I was lost & walked up to the nearest

cop & asked how a boy could get off. & he

drank me in & said

 

on the tip of my cocked gun, ______.

 

(I will not rebirth that word here for y’all

to cradle & cuck like y’all love to do.)

& as he spoke he stroked it.  I think he wanted

to shoot it in my mouth.  I think he wanted

to empty his weapon down my throat. Pump me

so full of his rage I couldn’t breathe.  Cut off

my air.  But I’m not going out like a ______.

Hush now. Y’all sucking up all. my. air. Shhh.

Set wide those thirsty maws. Make room

in your belly for my infinite joy.

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JUBI ARRIOLA-HEADLEY (he/him) is a blacqueer poet, storyteller, & first-generation United Statesian whose work explores themes of manhood, vulnerability, rage, tenderness & joy. He’s a 2018 PEN America Emerging Voices Fellow & his work has been published or is forthcoming in Ambit, Beloit Poetry Journal, Nimrod International Journal, People's World, & Southeastern Humanities Review. Jubi & his husband split their time between South Florida & Guatemala, and his first collection of poems, entitled original kink, drops this fall (October 2020) from Sibling Rivalry Press.

2 responses to “Infinite, or “Y’all do not want to meet my alter ego. Trust.””

  1. Crystal says:

    Absolutely brilliant… such a lovely and poignant ride! Thank you!

  2. Steven G Haughton says:

    Your depth of experience is unmistakable. I read your poems finishing with anticipation for the next. Thank you!❤

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