i was raised
on the notion that
god gave us rainbows
as a promise
never to let us
perish en masse

when the sky
broke, when
lifted the ark
over the shoulders
of the unnamed,
did they also
‘i can’t breathe’

somewhere i
learned to say
in the storm,
don’t worry,
rainbows are coming,
but nobody mentioned
some of us
have been
weathering storms
all the while.


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