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Tuesday, September 01, 2020


by Judy Juanita

Imma be ok
Even wif lightening ‘n thunder 
setting de trees on fire
& dogs howling up a storm

but if I were a spooky sort 
(which I is deep down)
I’d say we is coming into 
de apock-a-lips

* = I’m just saying

Judy Juanita’s poetry has been published widely. Her poem “Bling” was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in 2012. Her semi-autobiographical novel Virgin Soul is about a young woman who joins the Black Panther Party in the 60s (Viking, 2013). She appears in Netflix’s Last Chance U: Season 5, Laney College where she teaches.