“House on Fire” by Jonathan Holmes

April 13, 2018

This poem is part of our #BlackLivesMatter special issue, guest-edited by Katrina Otuonye. Read more at our #BlackLivesMatter2018 tag.

“House on Fire” by Jonathan Holmes

I will come to you.
World.
Say that I have been trampled.
You will ask,
Where are the footprints?
The dirt on your clothes?
I will say that I have been beaten.
You will ask,
Where are your bruises?
I will say that I have been stabbed.
Shot.
You will ask,
Where are your wounds?
Where are your holes?
I will say that I have wept myself into a frenzy.
That I am not sleeping well.
That I am not sleeping at all.
You will ask,
Where are your tears?
The redness?
Where are the bags under your eyes?
I will understand.
I will say no more.

 

Jonathan HolmesJonathan Holmes is a writer and adventurer based in Michigan. He’s Currently working in advertising while finishing his first chapbook.

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