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Friday Feels: Enjoy This Exclusive Poem From Poet Mahogany L. Browne

by Elle McKenzie

Photo: Mahogany L. Browne

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Last month, in honor of World's Poetry Day, writer and curator, Mahogany L. Browne, shared an introspective poem for us all to enjoy. This month, Browne returns to gift us with a new poem. Please enjoy the following poem from poet, Mahogany L. Browne, entitled: Onion and Celery. 

Photo: Mahogany L. Browne

Onion and Celery by Mahogany L. Browne

before my grandma bit back

the spittle

to tell my grandpa about hisself


her hands dishwater worn

& clasped in her lap


her hands swinging a spatula


her hands wielding her good cutting knife


the onion & celery is a gracious marriage

living on the chopping block


before there was a before this moment

I coerced my knuckles into the skyline

& left the radiator hissing


when I see red

I am my father

I believe in nothing but god

& the way I hold my liquor


here is when I smile most like my mother


sitting on a rickety porch

with a tumbler of something numbing

my throbbing hands

I want to heal the heat beneath my ribcage


I think of the before

& the spittle

& the man that carried me to the threshold

between my true self & almost me


the only love of your life is you, I sip

& wait for the rum turned truth serum

to move me far from his ungodly reach


far from the pot steaming over an open fire

a pair of swollen hands

kneeling to no one in particular.


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