Wednesday, June 10, 2009

for margaret esse danner (12)

dedicated to the unraveling
for margaret esse danner

so very black a power
yr source of inspiration
so prettily dark a flower
yr cause for celebration
orisas bent at angles
as u plumbed our dark aesthete
unraveled stubborn tangles
stringent/bitter, syrupy sweet
combined to be pleasing.
yr sharp, incisive wit
proved so delicately teasing.
like an iya’s sugar tit.
yr dark chocolate wordplay
& impish scarlet bitchery
restored the tarnished sun day
with softly indigo witchery
til the last shades of sunset
relieved horror, brittle grief
& our dark obligations met
with poems beyond belief.

©Joseph McNair; 2009


  1. is that black enough for you! Whew. Well-done my man, well done!

  2. Yes! A poem about black. I love positive poems about black.

  3. Dark obligations. I would like to thank her personally.