#SorryNotSorry: Not Needing to Forgive

“It’s fine,” you begrudgingly reply.
You have to say it because you were taught to be the bigger person. Despite what they have done, you want to remain polite. You don’t want a confrontation – it’s bad enough that it even got to this point. After all, they did apologize. You don’t want to seem stubborn or bitter.
But why the hell not?

27D

I hate the middle seat-

It means no arm

rest – is not an option.

Alone at first, but then you came.

We made sure to never touch –

afraid that a single brush would transfer

every hidden tale we carried on board.

You faced right, I left

enough space between us.

Yet we mirrored each other –

waiting for one to act first

so that the other could follow.

We bonded.

Formed an alliance.

No words spoken.

We watched the same movie.

A complex, deeply coded conversation

among two strangers

whose eyes never touched.

Why My Interracial Relationship Isn’t Black and White

To some, the prospect of a black man dating a white woman leads to a highly valuable commodity. Single-handedly, or should I perhaps say through holding hands, my relationship ends racism. People believe that our relationship is an indicator of living in a post-racial world but that very assumption goes against that very ludicrous statement. If we truly lived in such a world, my race nor his race would matter. Yet it does, significantly. Surprisingly, (sarcasm) to people who are not even a part of it.

We Should Hang Out Sometime

Josh is on a mission: why has he never had a girlfriend? The plan is simple, recall all the close encounters that he has had with women to determine what went wrong. What about him caused them to never take the plunge for the title of boyfriend and girlfriend? Each chapter is devoted to one almost-but-not-quite-girlfriend with their name being the title. After reviewing the background of each lucky lady, Josh comes up with a hypothesis as to why their relationship never bloomed. These hypotheses typically involve some type of self-deprecation on his behalf: Subject was interested but due to some mishap on his end and/or his awkward personality, she lost interest. Josh then arranges a meeting with each woman to hear their side of the story.

16 Days Ago

I learned the hard way

That friends can break your heart too

And that it hurts more

Than losing a lover.

For lovers are meant to leave –

We have a phrase to depict it:

Break Up.

Yet there is nothing to encompass

A friend leaving you.

Gift Wrap

Just like a child on Christmas,

You lavishly unwrapped me

Crumpling the layers that you found unnecessary –

Seeking a gift underneath.

All while I thought that my presence

Was the best present I could give you.