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Black Men


Black Men are

Stallions

kicking
bucking
biting

Stallions

refusing their backs
to those who come
with maps
ropes
saddles
and
spurs
sharpened

They gallop
gallop
gallop away
fast fast fast fast

like wild Stallions

making winds of dust
leaving no hoofprints
galloping fast
to open fields of their dreams
where no one can break them in
tame them
train them
name the trails for them.

Black Men
are also
high-stepping
footprinting
dancing gentle

Stallions

who cushion their backs
for those
without spurs
who ride light
with stroking hands.

Written by Gloria Wade Gayles

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