First Time by Tre G

the first time
I saw a dead body
absent a coffin
it lay on an empty stage
void of concert,
as if a band
danced its way
off the hardwood floor
of its face
never had i seen
brown skin
so white
open curtain eyelids
displayed blown bulbs
playing audience
to our displays of wonder
swollen mouth
spoke only
in buzzing fly
in a swamp
behind a high school
fist clenched around lighter
as if anticipating
an opportunity
to plead for an encore

Camden, NJ  native  Tre G. is a husband, father, and poet. Tre G. has performed at universities, grade schools, and halfway houses across the nation.  He is the 2010 Loser Slam Grand Slam Champion,  2013 Nuyorican Grand Slam Champion and appeared on seasons 3 and 5 of TVOne’s Verses & Flow as well as Russell Simmons All Def Poetry on Youtube. You can find out more about him here:,  @tre_g_poet,