Growth

For this flower to bloom
I must treat it with tender care
Water its soil
Trim the weeds round its base
And open these blinds of depression
So the sun may shine through

I want to see its petals
Brush past the tall grass
And wave its blossoms to the sky above

Won’t someone?
Come water me
Tend to the dirt on my limbs
The cracks in my spine
Lather the places where thorns have grown
Soften them with tender kisses
And affirmations

For my flower to bloom
I must leave from this darkened space
This weight of cotton beneath me
Pressure of life above me

Tend to me, love me
Watch me grow
From the seedling
My father planted hastily into my mother
Then left her to feed
Such that while she went scraping up
Whatever the fuck it is you feed to plants
The world battered me
Shaping the ways my roots went
Which ones became unearthed and further beaten by stormy days—
Into the fleur of my choosing

First, I must leave this room.

© 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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