A Dark City (Onyx)

This is a “Poem of the Day” feature piece


This is my space

I am not movin
I am not leavin

These cracked streets
Torn green garbage cans
Overflowing wit evidence
Of a town well-lived
Underappreciated
Forgotten/ and mis-remembered
In the history books
As some city of
Museums
Courthouses and
Ivory buildings            brutalism jarring
As the white men who erected
Statues in their own honor
Blocks of alabaster against
An onyx go-go
On Florida avenue
Caribbean fest on Georgia

They can paint
As many buildings as they like
Restock every street with
Cookie cutter coffee shops
And lil yoga studios

We will storm the barricades
Rob the rich
Until we find what we need
A return of the darkness
To this place

All the whites, oranges, and greens
Plastered onto historic
Usdta be homes
And shops
Will not cover
The dark blood seeping through
Brick and concrete
Bubbling from the grounds
Of Malcolm X Park
Shaking the Big Chair
Loose from its ensconced throne
Calling forgotten slaves
From the bottom of the Anacostia
To breathe life
Back into this
Dying
City

© Ama Akoto (2018)

In response to “nappy edges (a cross country sojourn)” by Ntozake Shange

#SaveChocolateCity

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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