Sunday, February 25, 2024

A Poem through Tayi Tibble: ‘My Ancestors Journey Wit Me’

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a black and white photo of the road and the cloudy sky seen out the front window of a car, the mirror taking up the front of the frame
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My ancestors trip wit me.
They twerk at the roof of the Uber
as I’m pulling up past due to the celebration.
They gasoline me complete tank and
yas me within the replicate
as I summon them out of me with
my mascara wands and glitter and
each and every time I draw my eyes on
Nana you inspire me
to stay my chin lifted upwards,
my eyes filling up with stars.

I do know I stroll on
salt blood water tears.
I do know the earth has been
crushed down and made gangsta
however from time to time, e hoas,
I simply wish to celebration
.

My ancestors trip wit me.
Don’t inform me what they might do.
I do know them higher than you.

I sat within the lap of my great-grandmother
till the flax of her couldn’t take it.
So she unraveled herself and
wrapped round me like a blanket
and at her contact the privilege of me
used to be a headrush as I remembered
making clothes out of sugar packets,
my bro getting blown up in Forlì,
my grandfather honored beneath one tree
although he pressured himself into our bloodline
after which deserted me and me and me.
My mom pronouncing pass
marry a white guy
you deserve higher
so I left
the bone leftovers of house
realizing that during two generations I’d be referred to as
an Oreo and my enamel painted into crimson brick,
two mouthfuls of crimson roots and boiling water
for dinner, for just about each and every dinner, so
once I’m out with my mans consuming
a dear hunk of no matter
my ancestors and I proportion
the similar style and you’ll see it
in our smile so forceful it splits
the space-time continuum.
Bizarre flex I do know. They taught me that
all the universe is malleable and mine to mould.

Let me mould it of their symbol.

My ancestors trip wit me.
Don’t you dare inform me what they might do.
I do know them means higher than you.

I’ve recognized them
since they had been a 5-year-old
who used to be informed on her first day
she couldn’t play as a result of
she wasn’t the suitable colour
however the different children didn’t know
that she used to be in truth a witch,
an immediate descendant
of tohunga and had
transformative powers
and in that example
their hex turned into a spell
and it modified her into
an immortal factor,
a jaw, a whale, a knot
made out of her grandmother’s hair,
and in that second
she learned that existence
used to be now not going to be truthful
but it surely may well be
ferocious and forming
if she surrendered herself
to the brown, crying, clay.
She knew that someday
she would make one thing,
puoro, gourd, vessel, frame
of water unimaginable sufficient
to hold all of them.

My ancestors trip wit me.
Don’t inform me wtf they might do.
I do know them means higher than you
and I do know the wild
number of issues
they needed to do
to get me right here,
some voluntary,
some pressured,
now not they all
tika or textbook,
postcard or beautiful,
however God!
Aren’t you infatuated
with the nerve that they had
to consider me
and make it occur?
You’ll be able to’t inform me that
my life isn’t the rest
however the life of our previous magic,
our previous tactics, our bloodlines,
our accept as true with within the river,
after we first hopped in that
souped-up waka
and seemed up on the stars like
u were given me? And so they mentioned
exhausting
so now

I’m more difficult than a scrum of mountains.
I’m present like I’m water.
I whip just like the wgtn wind and
I’m warmer than the solar.

And my ancestors trip wit me
like dawgs. Once I whistle
they run and run and run.

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