Everyone who has ever loved me has kept their razor close. Dull but,
when propped up on a vessel, sharp enough to make me wet.
Relax, it’s Sunday.
A Kodak print of my dead DJ uncle who nicknamed me Butterball
is propped up on a vessel on my water-damaged desk.
His pearlies beam with a KOOL. It’s my first birthday.
Butterball beamed then.

In Cabo Verde there was water everywhere but in the air.
I’m at Arquivo Nacional begging a piece of paper for an explanation.
Who needs a doctor’s note to confirm I was born moving on,
stone rolling
ass in the air, screaming singing.
If I look back at it,
you might think I’m alive.

Apologize! For thinking of someone else in my house!
Yes, I’ve rules in this house. Save, a house.

Mami, not the archives,
told me she stopped smoking crack when she met her crush at a wake.
That’s how bad I’d like to be desire’s idea of a good time. Unsick me,
that the first time I was touched
yes slid down the heart of my palm
like the essence of a mango, let’s say, of a peach.
Essence of a peach over mangoes.
Mangoes never ripen where I dwell.

I come here because I like the music.
DJ never cuts
the best part off
DJ knows where to cut
the instrument,
bandages my name and knows exactly where to scratch.
I receive the DJ on top of two resilient speakers.
We holler at the same time.

Before I holler any name, I, secret two letters,
perch them between the tiny gap
of my front teeth like when a child swallows what it wants
and adult is forced fearful.

Baby is mostly fine. Her letters rest unlonely.
As long as she is baby, baby moves on with her day.

Where am I now, but back in the hood, riding passenger side, my
Brazilian wet & wavy head heeled back in hope.
Pleasure as the sun screams onto my eyelids,
I realize
dying inside is not enough.
Unmoving, I wait for myself.