Most of us will never know what it is
to not live this citizenry as
In case you were wondering about privilege.
Donney Rose, y’all.
support something after it stops trending on Twitter
do something because it’s right, not because it feels good
say something challenging for once
raise more money for community activists than for Mike Brown’s killer
organize for racial justice
boycott Whole Foods in the hood
resist Teach for America in urban settings
implicate myself in gentrification
don’t get defensive when someone calls me a racist
stop asking Black people to justify their rage
don’t throw ice water on every conversation about race
love thy neighbor
treat every human like a human
isn’t that the hardest one of all?
He looks low first, rallying tiny branches into
a flipped wicker cradle to form the crown
jewel of deep forest carpentry that renders
beavers jealous. Each twig, scarcely a human
pinky. The bird, a little girl’s teacup. Smaller
than a fist yet persistent in his truest pursuit.
He scans the brush next. Piles of berries form
beside feathery pink petals, a tempting sight
for a fickle passerby. Dude plans to get noticed.
Picks his spot just right: a break in the canopy
where each morning the sun will rub its shine
into a glowing jag of quartz.
He examines his work from all angles, standing
on branches for perspective. When it comes
to finding a nice ladybird, he trusts that small
touches add up. If this isn’t his year, at least
he’s pulled his corner of earth into a beauty
worth remembering. Next year he’ll try again,
because half the battle is just showing up.
The scientist names this
a mating ritual.
Why not call it love?
in a photo