Remembering me

(for Rhoda Kadalie)

by Abu Bakr Solomons

When you speak about me
after my death
speak about me
not yourself

say how I am missed
for things you didn’t like
don’t sanitize my memory
by outlining only my virtues

let me stand between you
and the line that divides us
just as I was, authentic, not
some polite version of me

tell the people how obnoxious
I was at times, even offensive
how I hated safe superficiality
political correctness

Speak about me, not what
you think you should say
about me, to satisfy protocol
talk about all of me

if you want to remember me.