After Audre Lorde’s “Production”
For Linda Thurston, Mumia Abu-Jamal and the hunger striking prisoners in California who included in their demands, sunlight.
sweet leaks out the droning walls
call it a hard-knocks monastery
call it Ghandi split and shackled
call it honey in a bitter built hive
call it hunger
low voiced and steady
call it straining the flow
sweet don’t stop in the brackish brace of bars
sting our stumbling
our slowness our sloth
sting our floral forgetting
honey breathe deep
something is blooming in the dark
slice through thick blink invisible
slice through wax paper apathy
sweet leaks out
brown face in every full crack of air
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Alexis Pauline Gumbs is a queer black troublemaker, a black feminist love evangelist, a marriage abolitionist and a prison abolitionist who lives and loves in Durham, NC.