A Portrait of Michael Brown that Wasn’t Michael Brown
after Ferguson & The White Card
Black outline on a white space dots indicate entry path
The body is naked. The Black body is naked
except for the dark marks.
A caricature of a young man, of Michael Brown.
But it’s not him. No outline can represent a black body.
White space cannot hold who Michael Brown was.
It looks like a target at a gun range a black body bullseye.
Not a boy. Not a man. A step above a stick figure.
Some might call it art.
Shirley Jones-Luke is a poet and a writer. Ms. Luke lives in Boston, Mass. She has an MA from UMass Boston and an MFA from Emerson College. Her work has appeared in Adanna, BlazeVOX, Deluge and Willawaw. Shirley was a 2017 Poetry Fellow at the Watering Hole Poetry Retreat. Ms. Luke will be a participant at VONA (Voices of Our Nation) in June 2018.