my boy,
you wouldn't know
you wouldn't know my boy
the way I do
you ain't never tasted
the salt from his tears when he
cried into your collarbone,
blessing you with his human emotion
you wouldn't know
from his gorgeous midnight skin, or the
gleam in his slitty eyes, you wouldn't know
from his rrrrou g h e d up, buffed! up,
cuffed-up young man composure, you wouldn't know
you've never heard his voice when he called you over
tiny, unsure little baby boy - my boy - trapped inside the big man's body
I wanna
dropfallflat over for him,
cling to him but I know
we all know, he
doesn't like skinny white fingers digging into his skin,
little anorexic girls pretending they know his life
he'd give me that look-
harden his features, grunt
gorilla boy
liar boy
I know, oh could you ever believe me?
I'm not spinning lies;
oh I swear, when I look into those eyes-
the blackest black on the whitest white on the blackest black
I see-

someone who could never be mine
never be nobody's
he already belongs to the world

but boy,
oh boy, you could be my boy
not my boyfriend, I don't love you, but

let me

let me

adore you
protect you, let you know
black boys can cry
let me, let me, let me
it's whatever you say,
nobody's boy