HerStory altar Oppositional Gaze by Lavett Ballard


What I think she sees is the aftermath.

After the slaves were emancipated

lynchings were common.

After the first black president

Americans elected Trump.

After Barbara Jordan came Jim Tallis

and Tom DeLay.

After Oprah became one of the richest

women in the world, Murdoch and Ailes

established FOX News.

I wonder if she sees the afterlife

and why

if death is the great equalizer

we don’t live up to that truth.

I wonder if after seeing her gaze

what will happen.