Waking early with the warming house my grandmother knew what to do taking care not to wake Da Da she cooked up a storm in darkness adding silent spices and hot sauce to stay cool. She ate later, alone after the children had been gathered and made to eat her red eggs. Da Da rose late, long after the roosters had crowed his name, clearing an ashy throat pulling on long wooly underwear to make him sweat even more. The fields have gone long enough without water he liked to say, so can I and when he returned pounds heavier from those thirsty fields he was even cooler losing each soaked woolen skin to the floor, dropping naked rain in his wife’s earthen arms.
Kevin Young - 1970-
Urgent Telegram to Jean-Michel Basquiat
HAVENT HEARD FROM YOU IN AGES STOP LOVE YOUR LATEST SHOW STOP THIS NO PHONE STUFF IS FOR BIRDS LIKE YOU STOP ONCE SHOUTED UP FROM STREET ONLY RAIN AND YOUR ASSISTANT ANSWERED STOP DO YOU STILL SLEEP LATE STOP DOES YOUR PAINT STILL COVER DOORS STOP FOUND A SAMO TAG COPYRIGHT HIGH ABOVE A STAIR STOP NOT SURE HOW YOU REACHED STOP YOU ALWAYS WERE A CLIMBER STOP COME DOWN SOME DAY AND SEE US AGAIN END