roaches (copper colors)
they arrive late
allowing just enough time for an entire life
to become dust.
they come abrasive
suspecting only those
whom they refuse to serve.
blood pact older than our pores.
written all in the cankers of them slippery mouthed
that much too familiar history.
same old tale
of only ever acknowledged
in the twitching
of those evermore itching
i do not have the evidence to prove it
but i am not sure that i am surviving
jelal huyler is an Oakland, CA. born poet plus emcee who does not condone linear time. he enjoys long walks on the beach and longer walks through the city. his voice and work have been featured in several documentaries, including Cracking the Codes: The System of Racial Inequality, which explores race and restorative justice in the United States. jelal published his first book of poetry ‘Fractals’ with The Gorilla Press some years back. Publications include small word works in Eleven Eleven, 3Elements Review, 580 Split, Drunk in a Midnight Choir, Ink & Nebula, as well as some other ‘here and there’s.