What is a body?

Red Girl, Glittering World

What does it mean to inhabit this skin?

To the blue eyed beast

I am sin

 

To the “other”

MY other, red folx

I am the female rain in the desert

I am the gentle hummingbird levitating

I am the squash blossom blooming

I am the love of two Diné people

That met in phoenix

Returned north

And settled with a daughter and son

 

I am a red girl

Of the red house clan

Weeping from all the reaping

Of controlled colored bodies

 

Weeping for the raped bodies

Of our mothers, sisters, aunts, brothers, dads, uncles…

Weeping for the murdered bodies

Of our mothers, sisters, aunts, brothers, dads, uncles…

Weeping for the violence of all the colored bodies

 

Shipped from the coasts

of Africa to the so called

“new world”

That have perished in the slave castles

That have hid from Custer

Dwindled from dehydration

in the Sonoran desert

That have walked hundreds of miles

to Fort Sumner

And the thousands of Indigenous women

Still missing on Turtle Island

 

Fear from a body,

Where violence is the easiest agenda

To profit and control

“But that’s in the past”

They say

 

Policies, laws, limits

All fancy words for rules

For control

For entities to profit

 

In 100 years, we will read

About racist policies, laws,

a broken justice system

And say

“But that was in the past”

 

However, there will always be

New forms of controlled bodies

For profit

If we keep turning a blind eye

 

Apolitical for what?

 

To buy shit we don’t need

To drive to a job we hate everyday

To be disconnected from the land

To be separated from our loved ones

To be passive

To be reactive would be radioactive

 

But what do I know?

I’m just a red girl

Truth seeking

In this glittering world

 

-Amber M 

♥Erykah Badu- Telephone♥

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Amber McCrary is Diné zinester, feminist and writer. She was born in Tuba City, AZ (Diné Bikeyah) and raised in the Bordertown of Flagstaff, AZ. In the small town of Flagstaff is where she discovered her love for Punk Rock and the Do it Yourself Culture. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with a minor in American Indian Studies from Arizona State University. She will be pursuing her MFA in creative writing with an emphasis in poetry this fall. She enjoys many things in life such as tea, traveling, writing, reading, sulking, gardening, eating, smashing the patriarchy and learning about cultures and her own (Navajo/Diné). She currently resides in Phoenix, Arizona. Her work has appeared in Yellow Medicine Review, Bluestockings Magazine, Cloudthroat magazine and the Introduction to Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies: Interdisciplinary and Intersectional Approaches 1st Edition.

One thought on “What is a body?

  1. That is nice poem. I hope you dont mean it when you feel like sin to the blue eyed. You should not condemn yourself like that. You are precious to your dad and I and to our heavenly Creator Father God. He loves us all and we love you too our daughter.

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