Blackbird or stone
In conversation with Hughie Lee-Smith’s ‘Rooftop’ 1957
A black man in a white shirt on the rooftop of a pale blue day
with red brick and white water tower and silver grey spires.
His compositional properties are:
Oil on Masonite
That breath you take before starting
Where does loneliness sit in you? Mine is high in my throat, a fluttering, anxious thing. It can
hear your breezes, buffeting the brick off the wall.
Is he going to
Nailah Mathews is a nonbinary Black poet to whom books and black lives matter, who aspires to be as kind to every stranger as they would be to a lost child. Their piece “Hanlon’s Razor” will appear in Tilde~A Literary Journal’s Issue V. They can be reached at email@example.com for inquiries.
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