ALTERNATE NAMES FOR BLACK GIRLS

RENEE CHRISTOPHER

 
       after Danez Smith
 
 
Holy symbols along fault lines
wrought-iron, strong
 
mothers, daughters, sisters
always      in relation     to
 
another.
 
Girls appear
then dis
            appear―
 
silk and starshine,
sage and thyme
saffron and white lilies―
 
they are more
than description
 
can bear, more than I
can witness or
 
deliver.
 
See, even I here,
have made us other.

 
 

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