Haiku 2


Outside, the thunder
Shakes the prison walls; inside
My heart shakes my ears.



(For Sonia)

Snow from the mountains
Of my heart instantly melts
In your warm Blackness.



Black men with Torches
Follow the bloody tracks of
The albino beast.



Gray jets drag white tails
Across blue skies; gray rats drag
Tails across black legs.

From The Lost Etheridge Knight: The Uncollected Poems of Etheridge Knight. Copyright © 2022 by Etheridge Knight. Published by Kinchafoonee Creek Press. Reprinted by permission of the publisher.