Example: the white teacher who calls schools
in Detroit riotous because the kids
behave, he says, like beehives.
Or when your auntie said don’t be scared
of the bees. They know when you’re afraid
but really they are more afraid of you. They
will kill themselves trying to defend their own.
I am no more a beast when I bare my teeth
than when the lioness abandons any cub
she decides not worthy.
We are all beasts. Some of us choose
not to be afraid of remembering.