I cannot stress enough how much I love Ani King’s writing. Check out her poems at http://sicklitmagazine.com/2016/03/22/3762/ and while you’re at it, read all of her other stories as well.

SICK LIT MAGAZINE

#feministasfuck: #15, #thisbody, #comfort

by Ani King

#15

Do not go gentle into that fucking boardroom

In your good-girl skirt

And your yes-sir shoes

And your I’m-sorry shirt

            as if you’ve done something wrong

            in being right.

Ingenuity is not accident

There is no shame in your bright, sharp mind

Let others cut themselves on the edge of your ideas

While they clamor to steal them

hide them in their pockets

as if you’ve done something wrong

in being right.

 


#thisbody

Others might describe her as pale and freckled

I say she is the night sky in reverse

She is a holy map of secret constellations

            I follow them from limb to limb

                        to mouth

Others might say that she has red hair

I say she is a woman burning

She is a fire in the dark

            I follow her light to tangled

                       …

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