Reincarnate

This is a “Poem of the Day” feature piece


I don’t wanna just die
I wanna walk through the forest during a rain storm
And take my clothes off one article at a time
Strewing them along the ground behind me, beneath me
I want to sink slowly into the roots
Of mishandled flowers and caving mountains
That’ll lead me through vinelands
Into shallow banks
Where my toes will fall into the graceful
Hands of blooded arms protruding from the river floor
They’ll hold me steady as I make my way into
The silence of still, deep waters
And bathe my body in the Atlantic
Beneath the light of a trans generational freedom gourd
There, in the palms of the ones that died
And fed the waters til its current changed,
I’ll re-cover myself in the womb of the slain
To die an honorable death among my ancestors

© 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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