For Aliem

For my dearest friend, Aliem

Your black body

Your black skin

Your black hands


I loved you in all your black glory

Since I was young and innocent


Life has changed for us since we were carefree


My ancestors and yours cry for our generations


Who duck and hide from the ones who vowed to protect them


Who adorn their bodies with war-paint every morning


Every time I see a black woman crying on TV

My instinct is to tell you I love you


This is because

Our friendship thrives on the pain of our people


I wish we had more to speak about

than another black body hitting the floor.


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