Njeri Wright | Where I’m From

I’m from an aunt’s midwife’s catcher’s mitt

decrepit family pulpit

Methodist Hospital deliverance

postpartum ambivalence


I’m from a face punchings

window jumpings

beating runnings

love’s shortcomings


I’m from a belt-whippings

wrist slittings

broomstick crackings

face slappings

and teeth smackings


I’m from a scapegoating

no love knowing

child baiting

grandma hating

arm breakings

heartstring rapings


I’m from a sun-lighting

skin biting

childhood fighting

god smiting


Place of a Home


To watch a video of Njeri reading this poem, go to multimedia.


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