26 –  27

My dad said avoid being that guy
the old man in the corner of the club.

The guy nursing cherry wine or a more contemporary courvoisier and coke.  

1Xtra keeps me musically on trend, though I question its taste more daily. 

Future’s drawl’s too dank for my De La ears. 

My playlist,  it’s turned more club classic than new bangers
Brandy, Jahiem and Tribe doing concerts to my demographic. 

Didn’t they used be called SWV, Soul II Soul & Sade?

My classic playlist speckled with now cringey R&B…

… the odd Blink 182 I used to hide in my youth,

It’s overdue teenage angst now aloud. 

It’s not contemporary 

but it has the honest sound of a new old black man. 

Made for Two

Temptations echo
as Tupac ruminates
on clandestine longing.
My eyes listing
across your profile’s face.

Our departure long formed,
an ocean of years between us.
The first drop spilling
a premature end
to a former friend.

On your face I see
your successes, exciting and contemporary;
and my heart outlines a jealous love.

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