INTEGRATION

Location

84604
United States
40° 23' 5.0856" N, 111° 35' 40.2972" W

sometimes i look at history
through a microscope
and i feel so stingingly,
gut-splicingly ashamed
for what happened
for what is happening
for what will happen

 

it feels like a bullet’s
entered through my belly button—
shrapnel spreading to
the four corners of
my bloodstream:
injustice in my heart
in my toes
slinking from fingertip to fingertip—
like a cancer
like funky smells on a bus
like whites sit up front
like prejudice

 

Rosa Parks was a
Sitting Bull on that bus—
strong and stubborn—
claiming her right to exist there

 

that seat was her Black Hills

 

sometimes i think,

that’s where i come from:

the white man

the wasichus

and i wish that

the Ghost Dance

really had worked
 

but then i remember
that we’re all just
global driftwood,
choosing to separate
from Pangaea
 

i think King Jr. understood that.
 

he had a dream...
and it was the same as Black Elk:
to heal the sacred hoop of humanity—
to coexist in peace
 

because we’re not some
Rubik’s cube that can be
compartmentalized:
blacks here
reds there
and whites
to their own circumference
 

there’s an organic wholeness
to undeveloped territory—
something as raw and natural
as a set of ribs
neighboring some lungs

 

and integration is more
than toleration with
clenched teeth

 

it’s about acceptance:
your ribs complement
my lungs.

 

and it’s okay
that you are ribs.

 

and it’s okay
that i am lungs.

 

you know?

 

i wish i had a dance
to help the world
see that more clearly—
to encourage the path
of integration
to wholeness
to healing
to Pangaea

 

and it would bring
the world together
like Facebook
like Youtube
like powerful grandmothers

 

and i would chant
to all of the ribs
and to all of the lungs:
You are valued for you!
and my words would
spread acceptance
like dandelion seeds
to the four quarters of humanity,
sprouting “i love you’s”
wherever they landed

i love you

 

i love you

 

 

 

i love you

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

i love you

Comments

Kira0479

This is amazingly written and powerful. Of course that might mean more if I knew a thing about poetry, but I know it's better than any other poem I've read on this site yet. Keep on writing

Aubrie Smith

This poem is raw and sharp and clever. I really, really enjoyed it. Please, keep writing.

cbradsh

You have vivid images that lead throughout your piece. Its beautifully written, poignant and catching. Great work.

Eunoia

this was a little tricky to read cause i wasn;t sure where to breathe at first

 

but this is very original, i like it!

Ms.Mayes

You are truely an artist. I enjoyed your poem. :)

livieMarie

The consistancy the words. . amazing.

sarahdancer24

Phenomenal <3 I love your style.

Mafi Grey

I like the iead of using Rubik's cube and everything that went into this. Great job!

braidlocs

I really enjoyed it! :) It's all real talk... That's true poetry ^.^

smooth_harmony

I have a question: may I perform your poem at my school?

l.m.coleman

Wow. That's flattering. I would be honored if you did.

Good luck,

L.M. Coleman 

emilyreynolds

this is absolutely moving, thank you for sharing it

gonzalol3

Good quick, sharp, and tightly packed poem. It truly is good and coherent!

l.m.coleman

I haven't been on this site in a long time. Thanks for all your comments and support. 

Happy writing, 

L.M. Coleman

adele.robinson.9022

love this

aadams10

We simply NEED more thinking like this!! Beautiful!

sydalex1

amazing

Poeticvibes22

This is a really beautiful piece. I love the part that says

"it’s about acceptance:

your ribs complement
my lungs.

 

and it’s okay
that you are ribs.

 

and it’s okay
that i am lungs."

 

Theres a peaceful fluidtity to it. :)

 

K. Noelle

I love you. 

samiamehbub17

How powerful, how believable, and honest. The last lines are my favorite, to spread unification, to spread love.. words cant express how inspiring this is. Congratulations!

10-10

I love this. 

 

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Chubbybunny7898

Oh wow!! This poem is beautiful. Race and inequality makes people uncomfortable and its awesome that you used your voice to talk about something as powerful!

Chubbybunny7898

Oh wow!! This poem is beautiful. Race and inequality makes people uncomfortable and its awesome that you used your voice to talk about something as powerful!