this is only a dream


by Vanessa Maki

 

we are finally free

 

our bodies won't be used for

 

anything anymore

 

we won't be drained

 

of our essence anymore

 

(this is only a dream)

 

& my feet can take me down the aisles

 

of a store without any damn problems

 

no one will watch me ever again

 

paranoia can’t nip at my heels

 

(this is only a dream)

 

we can put our hoodies on without a problem

 

we are free & free is us

 

(this is only a dream)

 

my eyes no longer watch nervously

 

when i enter a room full of white people

 

my mouth is no longer forcing itself to smile

 

my hair is no longer a question

 

i am genuinely tasting freedom

 

in a world that never

 

wanted us to have any

 

[this is only a dream]

 
 

About the author

Vanessa Maki is a queer writer, artist & blk feminist. Her work has appeared/is forthcoming in a variety of places. She's EIC of rose quartz magazine & is involved in other spaces as well. Find her on twitter, instagram & visit her site.

Don't forget to tip the author

Please consider giving the author a 'tip'. You can tip the author as little or as much as you like, no pressure. 80% of what you donate goes directly to the author while 20% goes back into keeping the volunteer-run Subbed In & Ibis House projects afloat. Thank you!

TIP VANESSA MAKI