MARIAHADESSA EKERE TALLIE - Pencil

from by 90s Meg Ryan

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PENCIL

There are small braveries that do not feel brave.
I’m going to start to write in pencil now,
because nothing is etched in stone/permanent
because my heart is stronger than my wrists
& I must.

Moment of bravery?
Deciding to do it/to write
I’ve said this before
Another?
Kissing a mouth on a corner on a public street
in the sun.

We’re going to have a problem, he said.

Heat bearing down/giving birth to a relationship that would wring us both out/lay us out
to bleach us/bleach not our blackness/our browness/which is oceanic
& will cover earth one day
not bleach that unstoppable beauty /but bleach out the ink we defined ourselves in
when we signed our names in books & papers
under definitions of who we thought we were,

we are not that.
I am no longer ink.

I can erase any version of me.
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MARIAHADESSA EKERE TALLIE
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from The Studded Belt Phenomenon, released June 28, 2015

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In 1989 Meg Ryan immortalized herself as Sally Albright.
Throughout the next decade, she mesmerized us all.

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