Ama Asantewa Diaka
My parents love in sepia
a thing brewed from the slow decay of a new sprout,
seasoned and mature enough to have a feeling named after it;
teaching me that decay is not always synonymous to rot—
only a point on the growth curve.
Because this brown has seen tender and folded,
this brown has been foolish and free,
this brown has feigned sufficiency to make way for enough;
this brown with its share of pain and scars,
knows how to love the glow out of any sun.