James Baldwin: Collected Essays, in the fifteenth printing of the Library of America edition — a gift for Christmas from “The Kids.”
At one-thirty in the morning, the sound of a raccoon climbing the fence near our bedroom window.
Into the kitchen for a sip of water, the cold floor a comfort to my warm bare feet.
Streetlights and a dusting of snow.
December 26, 2021
For every love, every grief, every pain,
an early-morning streetlight — but there is,
I am certain, one star to explain.
Recently Banned Literature, December 29, 2014
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