Being diagnosed with terminal
ethnicity prevents many students
from completing their assignments
on time since
they are serving
time customers their country
and everyone thinks they can see everything
they need to know from their
record clothes skin name
instead of how they are tested
in class outside of class
at work at home
with friends with family.
Everyone assesses how
threatening talented intelligent
these students will be before they die. I would know
seeing as alternative medicine now embraces
the curative powers
of death of quarantine
in a cell
and I've been avoiding being
by a public who would have their country
vaccinated in this genocidal way.
Deonte Osayande is a former track and field sprinter turned writer from Detroit, Mi. He writes nonfiction essays and his poems have been nominated for the Best of the Net Anthology, a Pushcart Prize and published in numerous publications. He has represented Detroit at multiple National Poetry Slam competitions. He's currently a professor of English at Wayne County Community College, and teaching youth through the Inside Out Detroit Literary Arts Program.