And no one will
Of cutting themselves
On my sharp
He shattered my thighs
I rain down his cheeks and streak
Don’t ask about my scars
Just don’t cause any new ones
Walidah Imarisha—author, educator, organizer and poet—is the author of the poetry collection Scars/Stars (Drapetomedia, 2013) and the forthcoming Angels with Dirty Faces: Three Stories of Crime, Prison and Redemption (AK Press, 2016). With co-edited the anthology Octavia’s Brood: Science Fiction Stories from Social Justice Movements (AK Press, 2015). Visit her website, www.walidah.com.
These poems appeared in Scars/Stars.