The Black athlete soldier, unlike his counterpart, mirrors his urban brother. He, the Black male, yearns redemption through athletic. His scarred palms, paint his predicament exactly: athletic drugs and fascination, do not exist. His dreams die before sunrise. The Black athlete lives and die repeatedly believing, “What If”? redemptive imagination, no longer running hot, the dark clouds, strangle his oxygen. His brief thoughts, sunken tightly in a bent brow, says, I am not this cause. I am not this monster, although, one cannot read or think critically. My blame, lay among others, the others that paved my path to illiteracy. The Black athlete is not alone in this exploration, yet, his urban warrior yearns his deliverance. Coaches, teachers, and the hood drove darkness together, never checking the revere mirror. Not engaging the speeding car, analysts predicted dark clouds ahead, you may want to get off the road, and wait this out. Fuck no, wait what out, its just rain, The Black athlete, arrogant and gloomy, presses the gas.
The invisible storm stirs, The Black athlete’ hell predicted, flushing poorly constructed thoughts is not a savior. No more cheers, his alter ego, transform him into the urban or rural warrior, his dark skin cursed. The powerful strut, his athletic chest sunken, the invisibleness apparent. Not yet to the Black Athlete…he doesn’t give a shit. No academic institution provided, “no, you can’t play ball, you cannot think and read critically”. Nonetheless, he storms into the abyss, thinking to describe his death. He stumbles breathing, as the dark smoke, strangles his Black ass to invented death.
His coded pillow, signal terror, and an unimaginable fate, the tears begin again, and again. What community or society permits such an academic holocaust? The Black Athlete’ salvation is imaginary, intoxicated dreams, yet, nightmares. He silently sings, his voice sickens the authentic student, she realizes he’s on academic death row. His death secured, “take it like a man, and go back where you came from”. From where, shall I venture, for whom shall hear my sorrows? To the whore’ blossom shall grant redemption, heroin numb feelings, I’m slowing into my place…everything fine now..I’ll sleep a bit. When the sky bleeds sunlight my spirit will awake. I’ll be different, momma, I’ll be nice…I’m scared momma: I don’t know how to read and write. What will they do to me?
What will they do to me?
Boy stop your crying..you only got three years to serve. Your sister say hey, she miss you. Your son ask about you every day, I didn’t want to bring him, I don’t want him to see you like this. What you reading in here…son you have to read, that’s only way you get somewhere. How’s your cousin doing, what cellblock is he in…don’t they fight over there a lot. Yea, momma, it’s lots of violence in here, the slightest thing can blow up..I wish, I would have listened and learn reading and writing. None of that boy, you in here now so think about getting out. There are no jobs out there…just don’t give up son. Don’t die alive in prison. I’m praying every day momma, every day.
The Invisible Dragon