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Poems in Tarot #2

In publication order

Dear Coloniser

You invaded my open spaceCarving maps of your convenienceDestroying my identityDialects, exploitingMy cultureForcing conversionsFracturing my

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outside this hospital roomimpatient strangers with empty armsand a new name insidememy belly a cavern

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Shame is found in church,where women go monster huntingwith glances. Shame is found in hope;in

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I know you are hereRight next to meWithin meHolding me tightJust when the tide isn’t

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