Slut

I have always had an affinity for words
Ones that ask of you
“Open your mouth wide
And shout my syllables to the sky as if you are calling down thunderstorms.”

I have always loved these words
The ones that twist your tongue
Curl your lips
Shatter your teeth

I remember the day I met the first word I did not like
It hit me like a ton of bricks
Not because of its complexities
Not because of any melody it sang
Or content it produced
Rather its inherent being devoid of profundity

Rather the anger it stirred up in my chest when my father spat it at me
When he sat across from me and let the four letters trickle from his lips like milk from his mother’s naked breast
And that word, monosyllabic as it is, stepped on my toes

Crawled up my thighs
Dug its talons in my arms
Tore six foot gashes in my breasts
And stomped craters where my eyes were

© Ama Akoto (2017)

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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