YOU GOT ME! Thoughts as I decide to love you (culture)
have I seen anything as beautiful as you
in quite a minute? far away, maybe
but that afro doesn’t seem familiar to me
it doesn’t smell like the old flowers or fruits from before
but something more robust, from darker earth –
because there was air in that soil,
hit with a broadfork for pulled pork and heavy collards,
tasty things from overseas with intuitions of chaotic fulfilment
finally, letting myself go in an invisible future, I see myself clearly
and let in those high winds that asked to carry me to such dizzying heights;
the taste of which I still hold
in cowpeas, onions and sausage
or smoked okra.
Kyrie Mason is a graduate student at North Carolina Central University’s history program. He’s been writing for several years, with a few poems published around the net (Humankind Journal, Jam & Sand). He hopes to mix academic and artistic interests throughout his career.