Musical selection: Pete Rock & CL Smooth — They Reminisce Over You (T.R.O.Y.)

Nwala’s Reply

An ancestral correspondence

BJ Dawson
2 min readJul 22, 2022

Photo by Nicola Fioravanti on Unsplash

How do I move the way I do?
Well, how can you not, father?

Your melancholy puzzles me, cousin
Why do you not rejoice with us?

I see, son; still stuck in the mundane
Still corporeal, linear, limited

I gifted you with a name, and yet
Here you sit, awaiting more morsels

We tried showing it all at once
But fearful, you averted your eyes

Like this, you’ll never see the whole elephant
But if you move, it may become clearer

Do not worry, brother; take your time
We will embrace you when you’re ready.

©2021 Barry Dawson Jr. IV — All rights reserved

Musical selection: Pete Rock & CL Smooth — They Reminisce Over You (T.R.O.Y.)

Originally published on my WordPress blog for 2021 NaPoWriMo Day 10 prompt.

Writer’s note: Sorry for digging through my crates again. Also, please pardon my absence. My week has been consumed by the 2022 Port Townsend Writers Conference. My participation has been online, but it has been a hybrid of in-person and online lectures and workshops.

This is my very first writer’s conference, and shucks-howdy, it has been a blast! We have a few more events tomorrow, but I’m already looking forward to next year. Adelia Ritchie, thank you for introducing me to this new world of amazing writers, curators, instructors, and professors. :)

BJ Dawson

Medium Top Procrastinator. Guilty of writing under the influence. No, I’m not upset. My face always looks this way. INTP