the unshakeable black feminist anthem 
& 
on capacity building

the unshakeable black feminist anthem

for post-earthquake sisters in Haiti and the Dominican Republic

 

the world falls upon us

already broken

bones crack the faultlines

our flesh disappears

 

already broken

the ground wants to eat us

our flesh disappears

into fertilized canefields

 

the ground wants to eat us

the sky wants to scream

in fertilized canefields

our sweet blackness burns

 

the sky wants to scream

and the ocean is waiting

our sweet burning blackness

our salt into steam

 

the ocean is waiting

our bones crack the shoreline

our salt steaming upward

the world falls on us

 

On Capacity Building


-For MUDHA and CONAMUCA

 

how much can you hold

how much spirit

how much silence

how much spite

 

how many dead sisters and mothers 

in the belly of your day

 

how you hold yourself in the mirror

how you hold yourself back 

how you hold in your gut

 

your body against the wall

of this work

slammed against the truth 

of what hate is

 

and who drinks it

and who bottles it

and who recycles it

and who spits it 

in your face

 

how you metabolize mourning

into meaning 

how you hold hands with the younger ones

scared to death they will not survive

scared to waking 

that they will.