their voices still in our ears.
we can still see their faces
fixed in an after-struck position
over our beds.
are we true to what they said?
or is life a twig, about to break off?
Dennis Reed's work has appeared in CLA, ESSENCE, BLACK SCHOLAR, BLACK CREATIONS, THE FREE PRESS, CAUTION!, DICORD, RICHMOND LITERARY MAGAZINE and many other magazines and journals. Mr. Reed's memoir, which is available at Amazon.com, was chosen as a semi-final round entrant in the NCTE/NORMAN MAILER non-fiction award in 2017. His is a former member of the infamous group BUD JONES.