You used to write on 

the sides of the trains 

back in the day before

 they invented a paint 

that wiped out your 

possibility before they 

polished you out of 

the city’s eyes some 

people hated those 

shapes those fat full 

letters of your new 

name the reinvention 

of black and brown 

men into their own 

selves of course they 

erased you because 

anyone who got up to

those heights to paint 

their signs is a daredevil

and a threat and it was 

even whispered that you 

must have been sending

 a message to someone 

beyond the stars and 

that you were warriors 

in some intergalactic war

who came down to free your 

people who would know 

you only by your

graffiti tags

Leslie Dianne

Leslie Dianne is a poet, novelist, screenwriter, playwright and performer whose work has been acclaimed internationally in places such as the Harrogate Fringe Festival in Great Britain, The International Arts Festival in Tuscany, Italy and at La Mama in New York City. Her stage plays have been produced in NYC at The American Theater of Actors, The Raw Space, The Puerto Rican Traveling Theater and The Lamb's Theater. She holds a BA in French Literature from CUNY and her poems have appeared in The Lake, Ghost City Review, The Literary Yard, About Place Journal and Kairos and are forthcoming in Hawai’i Review. Her poetry was recently nominated for a Pushcart Prize.

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