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A HOUSE OF DIFFERENT NAMES
-by Neo Blaqness

I would
rather lay
my eyes upon you
than to do so
with my hands
or that part of me
which so erotically
defines me
as a man
for far too fast
talk turns to ass
kickin or kissin
odds remain fifty fifty
as to which is
the greater sin
to knock you out
or knock you up
either way
I have no right
to call that
being a man
using my hands
to control and fight
while you live in denial
calling it love
in disguise
to never walk
down an aisle
all the while
giving birth
each year
to lies
and nurturing
confusion
not understanding
the true cost
of a lack of
loving union
in a generation lost
somehow
we must break the cycle
and no longer
play this game
our children
deserve that we be wiser
than a house
of different names