The Color Purple

In Jaffna, Dioscorea alata is a morning delicacy Boiled yam with a healthy serving Of coconut milk and sugar Mashed into a porridge like consistency And this colorful dish Is a celebration of new beginnings When an aura rises from a shadow A reminder that before renewal Time could only hemorrhage purple spurts From oxygenated…

A Tea Bag (to Michelle)

I see you in a tea bag, diffusing out Like silver mists fogging my path of sight I’m the water that needs your mahogany A watery transparent world as empty As the obsolete color in me. And you slowly enter through my cracks The hydrogen atoms that are joined To oxygen in imperfect configurations. And…

Knowledge

We are light gatherers A new race that makes a little pursuit Call knowledge a race against the clock. We hunt fire flies to plant in our brains We take apart conjectures on black boards And we fill jig saw puzzles calling them theories We are a solar system centered around a brain Around which…