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Latorial Faison was born on April 14, 1973 and raised in Southampton County, VA, . She has authored 11 books, including Mother to Son, Love Poems, the 28 Days of Poetry Celebrating Black History series, and children's book, Kendall's Golf Lesson. Faison attended UVA in Charlottesville and completed graduate studies in English Literature at VA TECH. Her writing has appeared in About Place Journal, Poetry Quarterly, Southern Women's Review, Deep South Magazine, Obsidian III, Blackberry, Chickenbones, Kalyani, and The Chattahoochee Review. Faison was a finalist for the 2018 Furious Flower Poetry Prize judged by Poet Marilyn Nelson. Her writing has been published alongside Iyanla Vanzant, Danny Glover, and Dr. Cornel West in the NAACP Image Award winning book Keeping the Faith. Faison has been published in BET's Digital Drum, Electronic Corpse: poems from a digital salon, The Poetry Society of Virginia's 80th Anniversary Anthology, and the University of Toledo's "Poems for Peace" project. Faison is currently on the faculty at Virginia State University where she teaches writing and literature.

Monday, April 11, 2016

Like Roman Soldiers on Good Friday

For whom have you come?
Mama in Fall & Daddy in Summer
Were not enough?
You have orchestrated grief
For names I can no longer call
Hands I can no longer hold
And I harvest what we
For 35 years were
The whole of a legacy going down
With a house that hard work built.

The salt in their wounds misunderstood
In you is their truth & dare of eternal life 
But how & why & where 
Does one go & into thy bosom fall?

Silenced by a blowing out of candles
You alone are something
Everything & nothing
A bamboo floor
Gray hairs in a pink brush
66 acres & a fool's joke 
History played on us.

From old places with new opportunities
Death, you have come 
Like Roman soldiers on Good Friday
Fulfilling the law to crucify the called.

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