Deadline for submissions is Tuesday, February 22, 2022.
I am a canvas
With blacks and reds
Yellows, blues, and pinks
Streaked across my surface
When I am walking down the street
Sitting with people I don’t know
They tell me
That they’re confused
They see me as a mess of colors
A pile of puzzle pieces
They don’t how to put together
Some people guess
Mistaking the unique shades of my strokes
For something that they’ve seen before
Something that fits their limited perception of color
Very few guess correctly
At these times
What am I
If nobody knows what I am?
If I am a mashed up collection of colors
Then am I anything at all?
But I brush these thoughts away
Because who cares if people know what I am
I know what I am
I am art
The Color Purple by Alice Walker
I dream of a world where historical inequities and injustices are fully recognized and made right by the perpetrators.
My maternal grandfather