Dee Allen


In one of his home-made
      Newsletters to our loved ones,
              My Uncle Poppy,
                      Childhood role model
                             And family theologian [ these days ],

Shared a memory
       Of walking through 
               New York City 
                     And finding someone’s
                             Spray-painted revelation—

Words of caution, actually—
         On the outer wall of a
                Cathedral, possibly
                      Catholic, and
                            It said:


Which I assume
           Might have meant:


          Posing as sheep,
                   Running and attending
                          The warm holy sanctuary
                   From the cold truth—

[ Inspired by the newsletter One Love – American Black History 
   Month Edition, February 26, 2021. ]

We’ve survived

Rain storms,
Long walks,
Climbing hills,
Thankless work


We’ve been to 

Open mics,
Street protests,
Nature hikes


My friends
From England
Are more reliable
Than any person I’d known in the States.

Tough and black,
They look ready
For the battlefield
Than for Goth concerts.

Made for fighting
On foreign soil,
But with me, they walked
On a non-violent path.

Long ago, they’d travelled
On an aeroplane just to meet me.
Haven’t betrayed me yet,
This fine, upstanding pair 

Of fifteen
Eyelet, steel
Toed, veggie
Leather combat boots.

Dee Allen is an African-Italian performance poet based in Oakland, California. Active on the creative
writing & Spoken Word tips since the early 1990s. Author of 5 books [ Boneyard, Unwritten Law, Stormwater and Skeletal Black, all from POOR Press, and from Conviction 2 Change Publishing, Elohi Unitsi ] and 37 anthology appearances [includingYour Golden Sun, Rise, Extreme, The Land Lives Forever, Civil Liberties United,Colossus: Home, Impact, 2020: The Year That Changed America, Geography Is Irrelevant and coming soon from Flower Song Press, in connection with the Rio Grande Valley International Poetry Festival, Boundless ] under his figurative belt so far.

Flights. Issue One, June 2021