the red underline by Meron Berhanu (Lucent Dreaming Issue 10)

I will never be written on a page,
my name, my language,
without the jagged red line.

I am not offended, nor alienated
I am alerted.

My name carried by this bloody undercurrent
Who is this you speak of, that you want to write about?

Really, I just think you’re curious,
my loyal Microsoft.

So I will empty this name, into the empty cracks of your code:
Meron. Meron. Meron. Meron. Meron.
my language, Amharic, Amharic, Amharic, Amharic.
my feet, Black,

will be swept by this stream
into the space where native
daughter and stranger
threaten to meet,

the space where
other brown-skinned
girls carry
their ancestors’ tooth,
surf the red waves,
say hello.

Buy issue 10 today.
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