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Blanket Weather

by h.u.e (hope-uplifts-everything)

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he looked into her eyes and saw an ocean opened wide she peered into his gaze and saw the sky when the moon stays away
with my long strides, and my skinny legs i will march this globe like a trumpeter, leading processions of love-lost people, and forlorn dreamers, i will sail to the edge of the world to share this gospel,
these dreams 06:43
i’m in a new skin like a lizard or a snake bends/ the river ran wild in my life back then/ let my heart free-range/ now it’s time to rope it in/ they were just sand before they were mountains
sometimes curled quietly in a corner waiting for the sun to shine upon her she hums, like a river, like the first snowfall, she is a storm of violent proportions
Next to each other yet a world away The moon and the sun barely share the whole day Yet they may if you spin the Earth fast enough We stay until the staying gets too tough
stargazer 04:23
the clouds are the color of violets and i am suffering from a bruised ego.
I wish/ I may, might I/ Find a way to say/ just a fraction Of the slivers that the friction inside My woodblock heart delivers/
inside rise 06:28
i’m covered in a paste, grey and brown, not a sound, it’s night, dark, no flames, not a spark, all ashes, i’m painted and stained in blood now
i seek to find to breathe the sky, then add that blue to my overcast hue.
But I never wanted to be a Lost Boy I was more fascinated with a gathering of Old Men Instead of pixie dust, sawdust Old piccolo joints after midnight Where the shots were hard And life rang loud


audio companion for Saleem Hue Penny's debut poetry chapbook
'The Attic, The Basement, The Barn'
(summer 2017 from Tammy Journal)


released February 13, 2015

written and recorded by h.u.e

photo from 'Floating Farm' series
Saleem Hue Penny (c) 2004


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h.u.e (hope-uplifts-everything) Chicago, Illinois

Saleem Hue Penny (him/friend) is a Black “rural hip-hop blues'' poet, arts educator, and mutual aid advocate with Lowcountry roots, single-sided deafness, and Ramsay Hunt Syndrome.

Saleem’s writing explores how young people of color traverse wild spaces and define freedom on their own terms.

He often punctuates his poetry with drum loops, gouache, and birch bark.
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