segregated. punctuated & separated.
shelved in columns and deathly rows
skeletons lay bare on a white page
bound together – circumscribed scripture.
black stories need to be sung – griots.
letters failed, they never reached.
never expressed our aesthetic.
put meat back on those bones
awaken the griot.
chide those who lacerate
beauty to – black body to
black skeletons to – chalky burials.
black skeletons will boogie
only if the griot within sings.