Now available: He Tried to Drown the Ocean

He Tried to Drown the Ocean, I Waved, Kai Naima Williams

I am brown-black. A greenhouse. A dash of rhythm and blues. A yellow pearl, who’ll punch some yellow peril in your sternum. Have you calling for your mama forehead deep within my scarlet fever, heavy, hip-hollering heat. Beware. I’ll technicolor your opinions, change the perspective of your canvas, whisk you dizzily out of Kansas, you’ll be wiping sun out your eyes in my brownblack woman presence. But go on, place that white girl on your pedestal. I bet she easier to look at.

-- from He Tried to Drown the Ocean, I Waved