National Poetry Month–Pat Parker

I’ve been away for a while, finishing up my preliminary exams and starting the dissertation process. My return  is spurred by my desire to honor some of my favorite Black lesbian poets this month.  Enjoy.

Have you Ever Tried to Hide?-Pat Parker

Have you ever tried to hide?

In a group

of women

hide

yourself

slide between the floorboards

slide yourself away child

away from this room

& your sister

before she notices

your Black self &

her white mind

slide your eyes

down

away from the other Blacks

afraid-a meeting of eyes

& pain would travel between you-

change like milk to buttermilk

a silent rage.

SISTER! your foot’s smaller,

but it’s still on my neck.

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