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bHow Your Parents Met

Don't be ashamed if your parents
Didn't happen to meet on a beach in Monte Carlo
Or at a sunset bar in Key Largo or Tahiti
Based on romance and mystery,
But in an aisle of a discount drug store,
In the antifungals section,
Seeking relief from idiosyncracy of itch.
His from the poison ivy, hers more personal
Yet among these veils of happenstance
Able to laugh at the indignities of the flesh
Maybe not love at first sight, yet willing-
to endorse the feeling should it arise
Do not be ashamed, for if they had waited-
for romantic settings more promising-
you would not be here today
Barry A. Lanier




Circling one blossom
Hovering in consideration
Of fragrant delay
Barry A. Lanier



bI Asked God

Being a graduate student,
Daylong didactic interludes
Diversity and racism
I had to know the answer

So I asked 'God what color are you? '
He responded ' I am that I am'
'Yes God but what color are you? '
Again, ' I am that I am? '

Using my psychology on God I asked.
'But what color shall I assign you? '
God responded.'What color is the wind? '
Then he said, 'What color is the rain? '

Replying, 'You've gotten me with the paradox? '
Then he said, ' What color would you have me? '
Replying, ' God, I don't care, I just need to know.'
God replied, 'Well then son, I am the color of your spirit.'
Barry A. Lanier




I and pride
The start of a real tragedy
A disease of the heart
Why did they slaughter the lamb?
And not the lion?
For convenience? Perchance weakness?

Aan old, respected Southern man
Rugged skin now turned tan
No longer white
One more for the clan

Are eyes so easily overshadowed?
Two cauldrons of burning bias
In a more perfect world
Seeing only God's children
Barry A. Lanier
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