What does silence look like.
What does remembering taste like.
What does loving feel like.
Feels like standing on the edge of a precipice,arms wide, eyes shut
Trusting, knowing that fear gives way intothe endlessness of possibility.
My journey with my Blackness.
In the presence of a world that thrives onthe absence of ourselves and the desire to sell selves,
I learned as girlthat I did not exist
I searched in critical eyes, fine printed text, swiftly moving images
For some sign that I had been there before
That we had been here before
Girls made of other-worldy browns, tightlywound spirals, thick black plaits with Technicolor bubbles in our hair
Girls who smell of islands, sweetness,blinding brightness lingering on us everywhere we pass
Lost and found girls
My mama is 1/4 Venezualan Arawak and ¼ Dutchand half Indo-Trinidadian.
My granny was stolen at 6 by her father andbrought to work for her father’s new family in Trinidad.
My Grandpa was 1 in a long line of indenturedworkers brought to Trinidad to build bridges away from Blackness. Brought afterhis family watched India ravaged by the British. Brought up in brashness,halfness, neither white nor blackness, remembering a world that once made spacefor his burnt sienna brown.
My father is Half Scottish White Plantation owner and half West African slave stock, bred in Dominica. My father’s motherdid not have the choice, did not have any, many choices, but to have my father,
as my father’s father,
well everyone called him Massa.
Divided and conquered.
And I name it my Blackness because Blacknessis the presence of all light, of all colours. And it was my Blackness that Iran from.
It is my Blackness that I run to
It is what surrounds me, what reconciles me,what makes me whole,
full. soft. full.