Autumn sun has finally risen.
Smoke billows upward, adding clarity;
burning each storm-below-freezing
that had forced a conversion to whiteness.
All else on me has melted but a snow skull-cap.
I am the color of obsidian arrow
chipped by a stone to form a glistening,
jagged surface. The empire is at war
with people of color around the world.
As I walk down the street, folks steer
as if I am aiming for their heart.
As we pass, I skim her shoulder.
She inhales fast, then stiffens from
the poison in which she thinks
I have been dipped.
They can only imagine how it feels;
like looking at a brown man
who does not know that we are brothers yet.
Oh, but he will
when the war comes his way.