The Hero of Seymour Avenue
Michelle Knight, Gina DeJesus, and Amanda Berry were rescued after over a decade
of sexual slavery and torture.
Open your arms, Charles Ramsey.
You’ve kicked wide the house of horrors.
Kicked off a steel door-sweep and set three free.
Now this little pretty white thing
is rushing you —
you: the savior.
Even though you’re a man. Even though
you’re: a black man.
(I’m a man, you add later.)
This stringy, greasy girl clutching her lovebaby
girl, doesn’t care — finally
a neighbor (just like you)
can hear her scream
like a car had hit a kid.
it might be: just domestic
violence. (It wasn’t just
by any stretch.) Open your arms, Chuck,
to those girls — to that dead giveaway
who can see home past
your gap-toothed grimace
your half-eaten Big Mac
hitting the ex — you
are not the monster.
You make good in Cleveland.about the author