Rhythm & Bones

Rhythm & Bones

April 20, 2019


by Vanessa Maki

our fires are snuffed out early on in life

we as black women have to build our fires again

then the world rains down on us

& we re build our fires

we grab whatever we can find

paper, wood, lighter fluid

then we get our fires started up agai...

July 15, 2018

tell it to me all over again 

by Vanessa Maki


the desire to fix us sways   
it reminds me of birds

navigating strong winds  
where their wings can't flap right  

i devote myself  
& then you demote me  
to second best, second choice,

a s...

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