These two pieces were read by Dev Blair (they/she) at the Boston Black Trans Pride March in Ringer Park on Juneteenth 2020
Good fucking morning Allston-Brighton! I say good morning this afternoon coz we know how that pandemic time go, we clearly woke a lot of folks up today! And that’s because y’all showed up and showed out for Black trans people specifically and especially! Shout to that, buuuuut more importantly shout out to us! Lemme hear my Black trans sibs holla!
Let us also take a moment to acknowledge whose land we stand on.
“WE ARE ON INDIGENOUS LAND
The Black Lotus acknowledges the sacred land where we work, live, and build community, which has been a site of human activity for 13,000 years. …
A white fag tries on a Black thing to try to make themself feel more queer.
A white fag tries on a Black thing that they stole from a Black queer who knows and believes in herself.
A white fag who does not know and believe in themself tries on a Black thing to try to make themself feel more queer.
The white fag has never known what it feels like to know and believe in themself and so they stole the Black thing right off the Black queer’s back while they slept in their room in their shared apartment and they tried to move through the world like the Black queer did. …
I built myself in six days, on the seventh I rested
A sculptor low on tools n clay, her patience was tested
Mistakes were made, the sculpture caved, she felt that she was bested
but she gathered up the shards because she wouldn’t accept it
Pieces cradled like a womb, seeking to unmake their doom, she couldn’t build the perfect body coz the body is a tomb,
So she laid in herself,
looked up at the moon,
and let her tears fill up the rest of the room.
Sleep schedule shattered,
she split herself open yelling at her mind’s…