Still

Still here on a
block that doesn’t
recognize you even
though your fingerprints
have been taken
bones dusted
picture snapped without
your consent, photo ID
in the family of humanity
revoked, including your
membership in club native
in which you were clubbed
and shown the door

still here and it seems
the only ones who know
you are the trees lining
the block

they are still here too
and they remember how
you kicked, climbed
and peeled their bark
back in the day when
the dogs were loud

standing side by side
with those old
trees

A silent
choir

still
here

(c) 2016 Tony Robles

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