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"B u r n i n g _ S e c r e t." c.
(Written in a Dark Whirl)




The Insidious Secrets
of Blood
are Sealed
behind My Lips/..
Dark, dripping..
Sleek, rippling...
Twisting and Driving
Drilling and Burrowing,
and Bulging Obscenely/..
Something is Moving Between These Lines../..
Something is Coming/..
Coming Quickly/..
blister,
(BLAST)
It is filled with Bad Blood
----boil, boil,
(BUBBLE
-------BLAST, BLAST!)
It Swirls with Something Rotted./Spoiled Liquids
Be-fouled with
Viral Juices,
Seething in Fever/....

The Insidious Secrets of Skin
are Sealed
around my Bones,
bleached White
like Light./Black like Mine/.
Black like Eyes/...
Black Skinned Bastards!/Yours and Mine!/..
Whip Me,
Beat Me,
Eat Me Alive!

(.....a nigger You are Born, a nigger You shall Die!.....)

The Insidious Secrets of Flesh
are Sealed
inside My Mind,/and
I am Deaf, Dumb and Blind here/
Blind,
Dumb and
Deaf in My Body/..
An Unfinished Work of
Metal and Iron and Fire and Ice/...

These Secrets Locked
(Fire and Ice, Fire and Ice)

Behind My Lips
(Scorched Secrets
make Me
Kiss The Whip)
These Secrets Locked
behind My Teeth/
Clacking and Clipping
and Hissing
and Chattering from This Skull I call My Face/...
Leering at You like Some Frightful Death's Head
when I look at You/..
Laugh at You/.
Look at You/..
Laugh at You/..as
My Lungs,/ Pulsing,/..
Swell and Inflate in My Chest
Like a Perfect Horror of Breasts/..

The Insidious Secrets of Semen
are Sealed
in Darkness
Between My Thighs/..
And In My Blood
And In My Mind/..
It could Be Anywhere
It could Be Anywhere
It Could Be Everywhere/...
Such Plague and Pestilence
Ticking Quietly Under Oceans of Blood/
Swimming like Dark
Deadly Schools of Sharks/
Filling Me with Something Rotten,/
Something Rank, and Best Forgotten/Splashing Me
with Viral Juices/
Be-fouling and Disgracing Me
Before The Holy
Healing Muses/
Antibacterial Spiral Ruses
Chopping Me Up
And Cutting Me Down/
Cuts Me like a Statistical Slice
of African American Apple Pie
Baked from The JungleBrothers' Jig-A-Boo Hides
By The Other JungleBrothers'
(Black Like Mine)
Black Holes Eye these Cultural Lies/
And Laugh at the Devil Inside Him Relative

(.....whipMesmackMeeatMealive!....)

Blood Brothers Darken in Image Negatives

(.....WhipmeSmackmeEatmeAlive!....)

and Laugh at the Devil in His Affirmative

(.....WhipMeSmackMeEatMeAlive!.....)

"Who Shall He Tell that He's HIV+"

(....WhipMeSmackMeEatMeAlive!......)

(-(----A Nigger You are Born, A Nigger You will Die,----)-)

And These Insidious Secrets
are Skeletons
I Seal
Behind My Closets of Shame, if
I should Happen to Grimace In Guilt/and
I can Tell You
nothing
with Lips Locked,/
Teeth Flaring Whitely
behind Them
like Fangs
which Snap and Crack
and Shatter and Grind
Down

Something Unspeakable/...



17, August 1993
Chinatown NYC, USA



From "I'm Not Afraid of The Dark" # 42, 21st Century Poetry, Burning Secret, copyright by




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