Journalism in Verse – EST. 2016


First Impressions

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so that we may come to embrace
the foreign unfamiliar    their first / extended
open-armed greeting of welcome
/ flashing citron-
yellow / like
orange scintillating darts of awe
quivering a shimmer
across an unexplored expanse
of just discovered lake        / & our empathy
probing at
subterraneous temperatures of
micro-expressions /
the gestures & body language
measured &
quantified in yardstick increments
of content of character        the tells / &
tics of exotic exegesis
/ whether to accept the upturned palms
extended by the other       & tolerance
plumbing the unfathomable
neon of diversity /
emanating outwards from subtle cracks
in the other’s indigenous        our more
in common with /
their tentative oncoming
/ to feel commingled in their eyes /
the communal touch &
two human being       / too not coexist //



henry 7. reneau, jr. writes words of conflagration to awaken the world ablaze, an inferno of free verse illuminated by his affinity for disobedience, like a discharged bullet that commits a felony every day, a spontaneous combustion that blazes from his heart, phoenix-fluxed red & gold, exploding through change is gonna come to implement the fire next time.

Photo by Juan Pablo.

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