“After Citizen” by Ashanti Davis

“After Citizen” by Ashanti Davis

//let’s start with some abstract object or class
System.out.println(“we both remember the bus”);
//a means of movement, of getting around the same
//shit i’ve been hearing for centuries, around the facts

//damn right i want to be
String FEELING = “unlit dynamite”;
//yes an urge burns and burns and burns
//in my chest but i cannot tell which

int MADNESS; int GLADNESS; int SADNESS;
//or a body remembering
//or a body remembering to forget
//how neat loving you was when we were younger
System.out.println(“how loving you meant the world turned”);

//yes, you got it — all i got in me are
lovepoem[mis] = new lovepoem[mis++]; //YES YES
String “i want to be! the heat in your heart!
              the spark in your palm!
                             your fix” = UNKNOWN; //logic error: uninitiated variable reference

//no, nigga, i cannot be–
//i cannot even see clearly who
//we are; “=” EQUALS “becomes”
//last i checked we bodied negation, ah
theUNIVERSE = YOU;

world Twenty-Seventeen.BigMood =
randomchoice(MADNESS, GLADNESS,
              SADNESS, UNKNOWN);
//it don’t care about the errors here —
//it still runs, don’t it:
//all you or i or we need to make a world
//is the knowledge
//or the power
//or the means
//to unMAKE it; negate it

System.out.println(“But i / we / you’re afraid to bleed”);
//i want to tell you about the
//brightest plains of Africa or the
//night of Times Square without getting all

if (ME == “gewy-eyed” && ME == “saccharine-sentimental”)
//about you, who
{
              pulledthelever();
              threwtheswitch();
              brokethereal(); //&
              stolethiswoe();
}

//only to leave it relocated and waiting
//for me
//in another second, another body; I

//wanted to write you a story on this violence
//and my anger w/o you turning away —

MADNESS++; SADNESS++;
GLADNESS++; UNKNOWN–;

System.out.println(“this is it — the hope that rots — change — one of us
               must give in. Me? Me! All i am is — “);

if (Twenty-Seventeen.BigMood == UNKNOWN)
               {System.out.println(THEEND);}

else

                System.out.println(“if only words could change ppl’s minds”);

 

 

 

String THEEND = “All I can think about is Sade
                                      singing through the Bus’ radio
                                      long after sunset. Your Love is
                                      King. And when the world is only
                                      so small, I mourn how easy it is
                                      to breathe”;