SPECIAL ISSUE: Say Her Name

Less Than

Noemi Martinez


 

Selfless man builds tiny house for homeless black woman
Selfless man records himself
Building a tiny house
For a woman
Who sleeps outside
Her hair smells like dirt
Selfless man records himself
Over the course of weeks
Figures out the space
A grown woman can crawl
And sleep without stretching
Her arms east or west
Selfless man
Is a good person
Records himself
Building a tiny prison
For a homeless storyless
Black character in his story
Selfless man
Is a good person
Builds a prison for a nameless
Body doesn’t have a past
Doesn’t have family
Doesn’t have story
Selfish lady who takes up space
Ugly sleeping on ground
Dirt in hair
Selfless man builds tiny house for homeless black woman


Noemi Martinez is a poet, community worker, sociocultural critic and full time bruja living in South Texas.