i am the darker brother.

a collection of poetry from the genius of the african diaspora.

love
should not come
in such a way
i cannot know
the heart’s yearning
i dreamed a prince
a frog destiny
everything alchemically
turning
into pure gold
love
should not defy desire
make me over
flesh
make me ready
kill the illusion
let truth submit
and every sacred vow
hold fast

—bell hooks, 46.

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