Jean Marie Gunner

Jean Marie Gunner
We are all basically good.

Monday, November 19, 2012

IN THE BARBERSHOP


Resolutely I jump off the train

Await my lover

In the barbershop

Old worn black barbers

Shave and style

Young black men’s heads

I intrude

And still I am welcomed

Phone rings

I answer

Playing secretary

Wanting so badly

To be accepted

Am I stuck in my whiteness?

Unspoken desperation

Desire for acceptance

For a brief time

We connect

The humor of our game

Our barbershop quartet

Plays on.


(Written on February 22, 1991 in Michigan City, Indiana)

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