Black Girl, Quiet

I am sensitive to the silencers
The ones who shoot you dirty looks
When your laugh is too big for the room
Or your lipstick too loud for your color

I don’t care for censorship
Asking me to lower my voice and temper my language
Because others need the space
To be comfortable

I have no use for restriction
On my expression
My desire for freedom
Has left me partial to the ones
Who love me, when I am angry—
Cus I am angry often
And not shy about expressing it

I have given only to those
Who will stand by me
While my neck is rolling, my fingers flying
And my tongue bleeding with fury

I am attracted to the very few
Who don’t need me or my music
To be soft, and quiet
And understand that I feel rhythm
In my chest and hips
That my big feet
Will bang craters in the ground when I walk

I need ones who honor dips and valleys
Who follow in the footsteps of wise elephant women

© Ama Akoto (2018)

Published by Sunshine

Sunny Scape is a safe space for Black women and queer folks. I am committed to eradicating intersecting systems of oppression that overwhelmingly affect people like myself, and doing so in a way that centers the most marginalized of us. That means that I am an activist on behalf of Black and brown queer and trans folks, children, sex workers, disabled folks, people of low socioeconomic status, currently and formerly imprisoned people, and countless others who are pushed to the back burners and relegated to second-class citizenship. This blog and everything within it is absolutely inseparable from the liberation efforts of all the aforementioned groups of people.

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