The good day

July 21, 2021

After the bad day, I pray for good days
in the world. On good days, women
are safe, brushing out their hair
while waiting for God to say hello.

The world is an unwalled garden
of fruit we enjoy without worrying
about fork-tongued, talking serpents
lying. We taste and see life is good.

On good days, we walk on the paths 
to the rivers. We are never catcalled 
or spat upon, never ordered to leave 
while gazing at stars or figs, pears, 

satsuma oranges or mangosteens,
never questioned about our origins.
We are never eclipsed by our fears
of violence personified in the night. 

We are fully human and fully iron
at the same time. This is God’s blood,
goodness poured out like first aid
for a blighted, burning world. Days

are so good, they taste like lychees.
Family names and faces are loved.
We drink goodness and swim in it,
bathe in it, born in the good days.

Our churches are churches, the brides
of Christ, not sites of carnage.
During the good days, I peel and eat
a ripe pomegranate in the garden

without hesitation, free of the grip
of underground assassins taking us
from our mothers, trapping us
in cavernous, endless winters— 

without pondering if this seed
I swallow is my last if a bullet
will meet my flesh and bone
as I walk out the front door.