This episode of Electric Poetry features Allayne Thomas and aired on August 4th, 2020. About the poet: Allayne Thomas has loved poetry since she was a child. For her, poetry is a way to express ideas and emotions that she can't share otherwise. It allows her to connect with others, and process the experiences that she has had. She wrote "Ode to my Black and Blue Brothers Who are Scared of the Dark" after watching a vice documentary of the experiences of the LGBTQIA+ community in Jamaica, where her parents and extended family are from. She saw connections in the treatment of Black Americans and LGBTQ+ individuals by the police and community in the area. If you've loved this poem, check out more of her work can be read at her Instagram @laneysfirstdream.