Full bellies

This is a “Poem of the Day” feature piece

Poor of means
And a laborious survival instinct
Led my hands to crack open
Along the dark brown seams of my palms
Then when I reached out
For the front door
Or anything off the porch
My grasp was broken
By the splitting pain of marginalization

I filled my life
With the riches of survival
Thrifted clothes and cramped apartments
I familiarized myself with the coupon section of the newspaper
And wasted not
Surviving beyond my means
I focused on filling my stomach
With hearty meals that costed me little
And allowed my body to carry me
Though my soul starved

©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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