Dee Allen‘s trio of poems

Dedicated to Davey Bales

Path Of Demise

Lust in handling firearms

Angry mind siren calls

Shots ring out the loudest

After the sun falls

Night time is blood hunt time

Survival prospects slim

The path of demise

Is sought through him

Your very worst enemy

Looks similar to you

Bullets spent on men

This dismal world fears

Darker than blue

Ms. Death claims victory

Over people at each other’s throats

Sleeping boneyard on the hill

Crammed with the fallen, it bloats

Dedicated to Edward Vidaurre. [Chicano poet based in the American state of Texas, editor of Flower Song Press and coordinator of of the Rio Grande Valley International Poetry Festival]


I am someone

Single, Black, vegan, agnostic.

I am someone

Nowhere near a thug with a gun.

Fight with a pen, words so caustic,

Aimed at a realm gone psychotic.

I am someone.



Hearing that term

Sends me into shock.


No better.

Too damn lame.

People Of Colour—

Sounds patronising.

Try another.


Definitely not.

Too alienating.

The labels

Higher learning institutions 

Think tanks


Society created

To describe me, the man w/ darker hide—

No, thanks.

I’ll stick w/ labels

More accurate:




Those fit.

& throughout this planet,

We’re in the majority.

Dee Allen is an African-Italian performance poet based in Oakland, California U.S.A. He has been active on creative writing & Spoken Word since the early 1990s and is the author of 7 books―Boneyard, Unwritten Law, Stormwater, Skeletal Black  [all from POOR Press ], Elohi Unitsi [ Conviction 2 Change Publishing ] and his 2 newest, Rusty Gallows [Vagabond Books ] and Plans [ Nomadic Press ]―and 66 anthology appearances under his figurative belt so far. Currently seeking a new publisher to transform his finished manuscript into a finished, printed 8th book.

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