some thoughts on the day Audre first circled the sun

i.

did you read the whole essay or did you just share the meme?

are black women a sound bite or a body of text?

a complex corpus of thought

ii.

Sound bites are useful for moving words through time quickly.

They’re also indicative of how society doesn’t want a person to take up more space than predetermined

do you allot space for back women?
how much?

iii.

audre lorde died from breast cancer

gloria anzaldua died from diabetes related complications

I once heard cherrie moraga say to a packed audience that she rereleased this bridge

so $9k copies couldn’t sell on eBay

while the contributors wouldn’t see a dime

cause so many had crossed over from cancer

from disease

from being too poor to afford medical care
from placing the work over their well-being

when was the last time you looked illness in the eye and still asked a black woman to work for free?

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