SPECIAL ISSUE: Say Her Name

Two Poems

Zoë Flowers


#‎Blacklivesmatter

 

#‎Blacklivesmatter unless you’re queer or
trans or a sex worker #Blacklivesmatter
unless you’re a woman at the wrong place
at the wrong time in the wrong car in the wrong

neighborhood or alive #Blacklivesmatter unless
you’re a woman whose abused by a preacher
politician or police officer

#‎Blacklivesmatter       
Black
lives
mat
ter    
un
til      
th
ey     
do
n’t     


We Black Girlz
 

I write my pain on paper
so
I know it's real
evidence
slamming against ideals
truthfully I don't know if any of us will ever heal
I take the blue pill and wait for the big reveal
but in the meantime
I crack.
Against the wall of racism
I crack
Against sexism
I crack
Against colorism
I crack
I got so many friends
but not one wants
the real
me
they want the Facebook me
The Healer me
The Expert me
The Writer me
The Artist me
but no one wants to hear bout that
they want women warriors
that don't complain
and can take a beating
they want
bad bitches
that make good money
but not too much
that
keep dey bodies tight
and like  to fuck
but not too much
they don't wanna know how
we makeover
and make under
filtering ourselves thin
cause we  desperate to be visible
desperate to be loved
we be cracking
we are cracking
we are cracked
but no one ever sees it
cause we black


Zoë Flowers is an author, poet, Reiki Master and seasoned domestic violence expert. Her work can be found in the anthologies Stand Our Ground: Poems for Trayvon Martin and Marissa Alexander and Dear Sister: Letters From Survivors of Sexual Assault. Zoë will present at Yale University’s Fearless Conference on April 9th 2016.