Three Poems by Jake Anant Miller
You shouldn't be comfortable.
Still a lot of work to be done,
But I believe justice and equality are possible.
It seems being vulnerable
Is a feeling nobody wants to know
Is a feeling nobody wants to show
But without vulnerability
You're not growing steadily
Unleash inner troubadour
To move hearts, mind, and feet
My modus operandi
I slice with a samurai sword you can't see
Space and silence
Riot against the quiet
Rage and fight it.
From the Stars
Made to believe our
melanin skin is alien.
So, are we from the stars?
Our cells are solar charged!
Wrapped up in galaxy,
Of course they’re mad at me!
Society only sees what they want to see.
What happened to land of the free?
Time to expatriate
and travel from sea to shining sea.
Leave the statue of liberty
in the rear-view me.
You don't give a fuck
So you just sit in your car
You tried to save face but still end up at the bar
You open all of your scars
Detail the war between Venus and Mars
For heaven’s sake
You became an addict of the cake
Fool, you were felled by mirage
Sacrificed self for facade
Your ego enlarged
All that gas made you feel supercharged
But the boost didn't get you nearly as close to the stars
as you thought it would
Was it all good or all bad?
Your mind likes to reach for the sad
Especially when it comes to thoughts of losing your dad
Pretend that your glad, joyful, jovial
Disguising the sadness
only incubates the madness
Fell in love with the baddest
Of course the worst happened
Jake Anant Miller is a poetry and prose writer based in Cincinnati, Ohio. He has published poetry in Flashlight and 1310news. His work will be featured in the upcoming COLOR - STORY 2019 exhibition in Houston, Texas.