Nate Marshall – Aubade For The Whole Hood

Nate Marshall

today i offer my self
all the small kindnesses.

i’m out here
with breath in my body
though it may be stank
& body in my control
though it may be too much
or not enough.

today i offer the whole crib
a jam we ain’t heard in a minute
& permission to turn the news down
& move a hip like a suggestion
to a lover.

on this day i declare the pockmarked
street i grew up on a miracle.
i declare the bills, even the overdue
ones, a blessing. who knew
that we would still be here
to see these injustices. how can we measure
the disrespect of lack against that precious surprise?

real talk,
today i tell myself truths
other than the one that makes me low,
i give myself the gift of a joke with the homies.

real talk,
today i stay woke
to all the terror
but also to my favorite food
or my favorite place
or my best hope for our people
& i work to make all
my best lives possible.