A Poem: Alternate Names for Black Girls

(After Danez Smith)

1. the moon in eclipse

2. momma (crying in her bedroom with the door closed; ignore it)

3. a wet thing

4. a hot thing

5. bloodstains on the mattress

6. ingrown hairs

7. a soft thing

8. the space between a fist and your family tree

9. the silence when the protests are over

10. the silence when the protests never happened

11. a forgotten thing

12. (a thing)

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