Poem. Robert Gray. Humidity.


growing up in the south

i was well into my teens before
i realized what humidity is

don’t get me wrong i knew

the textbook definition i
understood what they were talking

about when they talked about it

on the news but to me that was just
what air felt like air was supposed

to confront you when you walk

outside it was supposed to engulf
you in smothering draining stifling

warmth like a womb but without

nurture or comfort it was something
invisible unnoticed hanging over you heavy

like a sheet damp from an anxious

restless night so native to the environment
so pervasive in our structures so natural

it was almost like racism

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