gems of the ocean.

(for black unicorns, black sea gods, black magic creatures,

who walk earth consistently vilified for their moon kissed skins.

asé.)

i got a song inside of me

its hands are crisp, firm

moving, cold timbre

across my chest

its mouth

screaming

heartache

quit me

today.

quit my people

today.

i got a dance inside of me

its swayful

hips

intended to wipe

a black mamas

black grandmamas

tears.

it’s moving

through space

like air

but still

no one

breathes.

i got a poem inside of me. i got a poem inside of me. i got a poem inside of me. i got a poem inside of me. i got a poem inside of me. i got a poem inside of me. i got a poem inside of me. i got a poem inside of me.

i got a poem moving inside of me

it’s weary

for my sister.

my black

& brown

sister.

who steps

outside

of her

front door

& is

criminalized

for her

goddess given

creativity.

take me to the water.

take me to the water.

take me to the water,

to see my sister.

my brother,

who bled

because

he was

too gifted.

too god.

too black.

take me to the water

so

i can

love.

freely.

- dré