Tyrek Greene

 I didn’t think he was ugly.


we (he & I) found          love

in the shakiest places.

(he) the little black boy from

Belize with braids

who knew Spanish like 

close cousins.


we were the

                 blackest niggas

on the planet

as told 

by Keith, Francel, Jmo, even Jessi,

the self-proclaimed real pretty boy,

who once said

what's the difference

between a nigga

and an apple?



one swings

                      much sexier.


our laughs bounced off

segregated rooms of black,

somehow he taught love & skin        

were a fix link


for colored boys choking

a throat of rainbows

in the mirror.

Tyrek Greene is a poet & teacher based in the Bronx and Baltimore. In 2016, Greene became a VONA/Voices fellow and in 2017 his work was included in the House Divided showcase at Cooper Union. In 2018, his work was included in the Nothing To Lose But Our Chains anthology edited by Marvin K. White. Now, spends his time leading poetry classes in schools around the Bronx.