Broken Body

Go and repair those
Broken limbs
That torn face
And cracked smile

You are lying there
In the chalk outline of that day
Replaying a hazy memory
On the backs of your eyelids

Unclear whether your hands
And feet and legs
And lips are yours
Whether you, are yours

Stand and mend your
Ruptured appendix
Sew the slit in your chest
Sending blood into your stomach

Where things have gone to die
Where a lost chick
Has her fragile talons stuck in your flesh
And is beating against your ribs to escape

She is like you once were—
With broken limbs
A torn face
And cracked smile, trying to flee

Escape within an inch of her life
Clutching her chest as if
At any moment her bones would fissure
And the rushing river of her would come spilling out

Pluck her from my chest
And sew up her mangled wings
Straighten her crumpled legs
Reattach her beak and set her free

Pull yourself from the trench
Wipe blood and earth from your skin
Wash yourself anew in the water of your mothers
Rebuild your broken body

© 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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