What Is There to Say?



Today I shared on (on Facebook) a picture of Philando Castile’s body after it bled out

in a car.

I shared a video of Diamond Reynolds, his girlfriend, crying in front of the Governor’s house

as she listed the things the police took:


  1. Phone
  2. Control of her Facebook account
  3. Groceries
  4. Car


Last night I watched a video that Derk Brown streamed live from Ferguson,

in North County StL where I used to work,                    where people

had gathered in protest to support Baton Rouge. At the demonstration a woman

was beaten in front of her child.


Last night I shared a video of Alton Sterling’s


overcome with blaring grief as his mother tried to explain that his father mattered.


I’m not sure if it was directed to me,

but I read a friend’s post.


She wrote: “Please stop . . . I don’t need to see

his blood trapped in his own fabric.


She’s a beautiful, black woman.

It’s not something I wanted to share.

Who am I to decide?

But, I have friend’s that won’t look.


I hate that I might’ve upset her.


They will want to go to work. They will want to live their lives

as though their lives are theirs alone

and America could be a home.


To see is to bleed.


What’s to say — used to keep me quite. But I’m done with that now.


Can the Sun Shine There




Distance. Orlando.  Distance. Pulse. What is

the distance

that we create in our selves

for ourselves?


New York to Kabul – 6,730.46 miles

New York to Pulse  – 1,171 miles

Omar Mir Seddique Mateen to

Stanley Almodovar III, 23 years old

Amanda Alvear, 25 years old

Oscar A Aracena-Montero, 26 years old

Rodolfo Ayala-Ayala, 33 years old

Antonio Davon Brown, 29 years old

Darryl Roman Burt II, 29 years old

Angel L. Candelario-Padro, 28 years old

Juan Chevez-Martinez, 25 years old

Luis Daniel Conde, 39 years old

Cory James Connell, 21 years old

Tevin Eugene Crosby, 25 years old

Deonka Deidra Drayton, 32 years old

Simon Adrian Carrillo Fernandez, 31 years old

Leroy Valentin Fernandez, 25 years old

Mercedez Marisol Flores, 26 years old

Peter O. Gonzalez-Cruz, 22 years old

Juan Ramon Guerrero, 22 years old

Paul Terrell Henry, 41 years old

Frank Hernandez, 27 years old

Miguel Angel Honorato, 30 years old

Javier Jorge-Reyes, 40 years old

Jason Benjamin Josaphat, 19 years old

Eddie Jamoldroy Justice, 30 years old

Anthony Luis Laureanodisla, 25 years old

Christopher Andrew Leinonen, 32 years old

Alejandro Barrios Martinez, 21 years old

Brenda Lee Marquez McCool, 49 years old

Gilberto Ramon Silva Menendez, 25 years old

Kimberly Morris, 37 years old

Akyra Monet Murray, 18 years old

Luis Omar Ocasio-Capo, 20 years old

Geraldo A. Ortiz-Jimenez, 25 years old

Eric Ivan Ortiz-Rivera, 36 years old

Joel Rayon Paniagua, 32 years old

Jean Carlos Mendez Perez, 35 years old

Enrique L. Rios, Jr., 25 years old

Jean C. Nives Rodriguez, 27 years old

Xavier Emmanuel Serrano Rosado, 35 years old

Christopher Joseph Sanfeliz, 24 years old

Yilmary Rodriguez Solivan, 24 years old

Edward Sotomayor Jr., 34 years old

Shane Evan Tomlinson, 33 years old

Martin Benitez Torres, 33 years old

Jonathan Antonio Camuy Vega, 24 years old

Juan P. Rivera Velazquez, 37 years old

Luis S. Vielma, 22 years old

Franky Jimmy Dejesus Velazquez, 50 years old

Luis Daniel Wilson-Leon, 37 years old

Jerald Arthur Wright, 31 years old

Distance Avails Not

This could be the start of something. I have that feeling,



My uncle has died


and I’m running out of people

to look up to. I crossed the bridge


to Brooklyn.

The narrow streets of Brooklyn.


Was five minutes late to the carousel

but was happy to walk alone.


Tom said I was going the wrong way

so I turned around and walked with him.


I wanted to ask questions

about long poems but didn’t.





I’m running out of people