Rhaps and Rhymes: “Any Relief?”

Rhaps and Rhymes will be the posts where I showcase poetry written by me.  This one was inspired by the incident of Charles Kinsey, Arnaldo Eliud Rios Soto, and the police of North Miami.  What do you think?

Relief Photo with Poem

Image text unclear?  Here’s the text below! What do you think?




Once again…

A human…of dark complexion

Came in contact with the officious loaded barrel

Thankfully, the bullet only got the leg this time

And in the age of Sterling, Castile, and several Dallas police officers

That is a relief



Another human… with autistic identification

Sat in the presence of the same officious loaded barrel

Thankfully, the bullet got none of him this time

And in the age of Baton Rouge, Garner, and Powell

That has to be a relief



A human…of uniformed certification

Was the master of this infamous loaded barrel

Thankfully, two of three bullets disobeyed him

Though in the age of Brown, Gray and Rice

That isn’t enough for relief


Because what I witnessed there

Was a confession and an exchange

The rescued life with autistic identification

In exchange for a scar on the dark complexion

But if you’re of dark complexion with autistic description

This is scary beyond belief



Rhaps and Rhymes: “Any Relief?”

Welcome to the COBRA Blog!


Hello, and welcome to my blog! Since this is the first post, I will start by telling you a little bit about myself!

I’m a millennial whose interests tend to be varied, but I would say my strongest interest is in music! Music, especially classical music, has always been a part of my life in some way, shape, or form, so it’s very likely one of these days that this will basically evolve into a blog focused on music.  (Heh! I am after all a composer of music!) My more secondary interests include (but are not limited to) – anime, card games/board games, hanging out with friends…. oh, and Canadian politics!

As a young Black man who happens to be diagnosed with a condition known as Asperger’s Syndrome (now known as Autism Spectrum Disorder as of the DSM-5) some discussion on that topic may trickle in – who knows?  Personally, I identify as both autistic and Aspie and will use both interchangeably when relevant in succeeding posts.

At its best, I’m hoping this blog will shed some light on being both black and autistic/Aspie through the use of poetry, rants, music, and opinion pieces, but I’ll also be willing to discuss other relevant topics that you may raise!

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Welcome to the COBRA Blog!