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.

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s