Legio (camp) becomes León (city) becomes Juan Ponce
de León (rapist) becomes Ponce (city)
Colón (rapist) spits colonize (rape)
spites colony (body)
How the rapists name the bodies
and the bodies grow up
King David (rapist) so close to God
he sinned so mightily so mightily he sinned
He mightily forgave and gave
the holy world
Beloved of God
my name my father’s name
At school the kids would call my father Poncé.
My cousin calls me Junior.
His soldiers call him U.S. Army Staff Sergeant.
His father is Black.
Like many American men he carries (viral) the name of his enslaver.
What you survive survives you
The body a catalog
lashed to the shores of Spain
As my grandfather is catalogued
in an urn with the USMC logo as his father
dead by violence
where is he cataloged?
I misplaced, forgot, never knew.
—David M. de León (from [PANK])