#fireitup

Henry Dumas (1934-1968) was an American poet involved in the civil rights and Black Power movements shot and killed by a NYC transit cop. This is his poem Fire Bird:

#FireitUp

Plated for two

Hints of romance revealed by

the embers’ glow.

A hearth lit earlier

warms the room.

At the kitchen table

intimately set

sits upon steady walnut legs

perfectly level and square,

home-cooking:

gravyboat full

platter of new potatoes

just the right consistency

and temperature

to cap off a good working day.

 

Henry Dumas (1934-1968) was an American poet involved in the civil rights and Black Power movements shot and killed by a NYC transit cop. This is his poem Fire Bird:

 

The fire bird come again

Trees blow red

where once green

paddled the summer wing.


The great oak,

hugging my window,

sheds and shakes

with shivering fingers.

 

Every year the fire bird comes.

It is not his beauty

that I meditate,

rather his awesome message!

 

“I burn them up now. Someday I will get you.”

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