Warmth

I wrote this poem about sexual assault and how survivors may respond to physical touching afterwards.


Hugs
Are supposed to be these warm things
Embraces of love and care
Arms locked around your shoulders
Hands pressed against the fragile bones in your back
These
Are supposed to make you feel calm
And welcomed, held and cared for
But at times
Hands on my skin
Feel like ticks crawling
From beneath seven layers of brown
Like strangers
Reaching out to me from dark places
Like gusts of wind
Ripping my voice from my mouth

© 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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