I want to start a poem like this: I am brown, very brown. Then I get writer’s block. Because now it’s out there.
There’s a story to tell, but it’s not poetic. It’s definitional. I have to define wheatish, fair, tan, light-skinned, black, white, and all the colors that separate you and me, and beat us into submission, into bearing the crimes of our color, even though not once have I cried because I was dark brown. But I have cried because you spoke to my skin color and not to me.
And tears are wordless, colorless. Their salt shorts out syllables, keyboards, laptops. Already I taste it on my tongue. So I eat the heart of a dragon and listen to the gossip of birds.
A blackbird flies south
Its shadow falls on Mt. Fuji
Western sun descends
Frank at dVerse asks us to write on Writer's Block for Haibun Monday. The haibun form "consists of one to a few paragraphs of prose —usually written in the present tense—that evoke an experience and are often non-fictional/autobiographical. They may be preceded or followed by one or more haiku—nature-based, using a seasonal image—that complement without directly repeating what the prose stated. Click on Mr. Linky to join in!