Alfontish “Nunu” Cockerham

Age: 23
Killed: 6/26/2015

No Rhyme
for Alfontish Cockerham (Nunu)

What quality of a life gets
measured by its death. Don’t
rhyme guns with drums when
a man deserves horns, sound
judgment, no reason to rhyming
measured by its death with
soul to feel the flesh
Give a man
all-on volume of Bolero
font for wild honey wine
cock-strutting applauded like South Shore Butoh
For we still here are afraid of what we can do
For want of you, for love of you
the new new world new tribune
new issue new true
new buglers new street whale strings
new high hangers
new songs new time
new world inside

Darcie Dennigan lives and writes in Providence, RI.