Woman In Red

If I were a Kenyan warrior
I would paint my jaw and cheeks
Red with wet earth
And dangle silver from my naked head

I would wrap myself in the blood of my mothers
And dress my big shoulders
In rows and rows of beads
Resting against the hills and valleys of my breasts

I’d hold my spear close to my chest
So that it was warm with the vibration
Of my beating, thumping heart

I would set one bare foot
On the ground, then the other in front of that
Walking to the front lines
Where I would lay my life on the ground
With the other women in red

© 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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