The Ecology of Certain Things Black



the color of

baby gorillas – rubber shoe soles

unpolished silver atop a late Georgian mahogany sideboard

too much oxygen tarnishing the soul and making mockery of scuba divers rising


fiercely against dark weighty force and quiet hush in the most private places

of the deep deeper deepest blue imagined – suppression

can make the mind turn

on itself – barreling






amidst volumes of

living and loving all of

Heaven and the Abyss no matter the curse

and blessing of being a gentle misunderstood beast of nature or painted Black.

© Ivy Ford DeShield, 2012


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