If You're Still the same afterwards (to nia, thanx for making me better).
Article Type: Poem
Author: Salaam, Kalamu ya
Pub Date: 12/01/2010
Publication: Name: Journal of Pan African Studies Publisher: Journal of Pan African Studies Audience: Academic Format: Magazine/Journal Subject: Social sciences Copyright: COPYRIGHT 2010 Journal of Pan African Studies ISSN: 0888-6601
Issue: Date: Dec, 2010 Source Volume: 4 Source Issue: 2
Accession Number: 306754437
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--Kalamu ya Salaam

New Orleans, LA
If You're Still the same afterwards
(to nia, thanx for making me better)

   to say
   "i am touched
   by you"
   is to be
   changed
   into
   a person neither of us
   was before
   entering the other
   more open, a sun of sensitivity
   emotionally nude, erupting joy
   & willing to kiss life open mouthed
   emoting the vibrancy of glow
   endemic to souls in the flow
   in fact, it's even unscientific
   not to evol
   ve/not to love, not to
   grow & give back
   the only humans who actually evolve
   are lovers
   all others
   just simply fuck and reproduce
   the transformation
   of touch
   that's all
   love is
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