decolonial love

we were not supposed to exist outside white fantasies
outside the exotisation of our black and brown bodies
outside the fetishisation of our curves
we were told that we are ugly
we were told that we are ugly
over
and over again
too sensitive
too strong
too hairy to be beautiful
so they could feel superior
so they could break us
into pieces
ready for their consumption
they licked our skin to see if we tasted of chocolate
they touched our hair to feel if it was real
our bodies only here to please white desires

decolonial love

hold each other close
bring back memories of be-longing
whisper into each others ears
all the secrets we were never ment to forget
look into each others eyes
realise the magnitude of our beauty
lets be each others reason
to keep on fighting
to keep on living
to keep on loving
to keep on hoping

decolonial love

published in Black Fly Zine 2017