Gateway Drugs/ Return to Holiness

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Peppermint oil on wet skin

Chalice smoke caught in nappy hair

Your voice echoing against linoleum tiles with a waterfall on your back

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Ancestors still tangled up in your last name

Ancestors celebrated in your first name

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A loving hand going in circles on a knotted back

Warm lips on the backs of necks

Two cold, cut up hands pressed together to take the edge off of the approaching winter.

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An unrelenting cumbia

Souls dancing through bodies

Souls without bodies still dancing from the other side

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Sweat running like hell from its pore shaped dungeons

Muscles and lungs working hard, calling out for air and blood

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Faces smeared in dirt, fistfuls of grass, shivering teeth, sweaty pits,

Goose bumps, moist vaginas, pierced ears, licorice stained breath.

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All the colors imaginable

Gold jewelry—products of supernovae

Presence in your body made of stardust and sex.

 

photos: Amongst The Wolves/ Amanya Maloba

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