“prophecy for alton sterling” by Victoria Newton Ford

May 17, 2018

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

prophecy for alton sterling

and his last name meant
worthy.

meaning he was somebody
to somebody.

according to the rules of this language,
he was born valuable.

like
a small star,
a great height.

meaning he was light
in a swell of black.

meaning this was his fate:

to be

a tremendous luminescence

to some body.

and still
not be

considered matter.

 

Victoria Newton FordVictoria Newton Ford is a poet and essayist from the South, currently living in Washington, D.C. Her writing has appeared or is forthcoming in Connotations Press: An Online Artifact, Winter Tangerine, LitHub, Jai-Alai #9, and elsewhere.

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