THREE POEMS by VANESSA MAKI

THREE POEMS by VANESSA MAKI

press play

at this point
i would have to press play
on a tape recorder
so i wouldn't have to repeat that
black lives matter
that i matter
i haven't been able to attend a protest
i experience them online
in pictures of teary eyed protesters
most of them black
sometimes i think over/over
that we will make changes
only to change my sentence
& say we might make changes
hope gets lost in the void
it slipped away from my hands
my fingertips barely held it

//

always for you

can i actually hold on forever? / until my fingers get tired / until my limbs go numb / until i
collapse/ in a giant puddle/ of our mistakes / of my regrets/ until my heart caves in like an
unstable mine / why do i need reminders that it's all for you / that it's always for you

//

your name on my tongue

almost every kiss feels like goodbye
yet the taste lingers like lemon juice
your name is always on my tongue
it's rough like sandpaper but i love how it feels
your name is always on my damn tongue
but where are you?
maybe it would be easier
if i dreamt all those times you said you love me
truthfully
those have been some of the only times
where i feel like blood is still coursing in my veins
some of the only times i feel like i'm alive
 


Vanessa Maki is a writer (& other things) who is queer & full of black girl magic. She's been published in Enclave, Faded Out, Rag Queen Periodical, Occulum, Five:2:One Magazine & is forthcoming in horny poetry review. She also founded/runs an online literary journal for qpoc.

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