Forgiveness requires peace

For so long I was afraid of your hands and
The boom in your voice
And in my later years

I learned how you seared my mother’s skin
With your fingertips when the scars
Seemed to appear on my arms
In between my legs
And underneath my bra
Somewhere near my uterus
So the fear grew
Until it was a mark of my feelings towards you
And the cowardly little girl turned angry
Refusing to let your manipulation pass for
Pain or sorrow at the losses you created
I am a body of memory
Of injuries too big to hide
And too deep cutting to simply learn from
I struggle to hold any sympathy for you
The love I was raised to keep tucked in my back pocket, specially for family
Is battling with boundaries I need to create
And burdens that were never mine to carry

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.

2 thoughts on “Forgiveness requires peace

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