-for Sandra Bland
I need this bill to move forward so that it will prove to people
who say that Texas is the most awful state to live in.
And to me that’s true, because Texas is a place of pain for me.
–Geneva Reed-Veal, mother of Sandra Bland
Amerikkka from peripheral view. The distance
between have & have naught. Not escape, but its door,
an aperture like an exit wound. Apprehension
tangled in her hair, as though
approaching inevitable proximity,
where everyone around her
thinks they know her &
they try to lay claim to her. They find their quarry
fascinating, but she feels trapped,
arrested in her ballistic thrust of trajectory,
because she knows a lot more
about who she doesn’t want to be,
than whom she really is. A coalescing
ambiguity, mystery seductively encased
in glitter of stardust, carbon compressing
to betokened shimmer. A diamond absolute
gleaming like heaven,
scintillating through the eye of the needle.