Derrick Weston Brown

Two Poems

Mos Def’s Farewell Show

Kennedy Center, Washington DC
January 1st, 2017

Candle wick slim
Exits stage right forever.
His dua
in our ears.


Rooftop Moon Haiku/Senryu Series

A lighthouse blues
In the eastern sky
A lone white tooth 

The old man’ bare mouth
A smiling horizon
his one good tooth 

Fingers work
The last moon
From her denim’s fly

Paper or plastic she asks
I watch the sweat on her lip
Paper or Plastic?
I’m lost in her cleavage
a moon in my mouth


Derrick Weston Brown is the author of Wisdom Teeth (PM Press, 2011). He has taught creative writing at Hart Middle School and Emerson Preparatory School, and as a visiting artist for the PEN/Faulker Foundation's Writers in Schools program, and been a writer-in-residence at Busboys & Poets and for the Howard County Poetry Literature Society (HoCoPoLitSo). Brown works as a bookseller and book buyer for the Teaching for Change Bookstore at Busboys & Poets, and runs a popular monthly reading series there, called Nine on the Ninth. He is a native of Charlotte, NC, and resides in Mount Rainier, MD. To read more by this author: DC Places Issue, Four Poems, Volume 7:1, Winter 2006