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and windows have certainties. Fireflies
make cold light on warm evenings.
I let go of designations that end futures.
The next epoch will be kinder. I am a spaceship
dreaming of landing on Mars, conveying the hopeful.
I was a woman without heels who could only roll swiftly
downhill. Inclines require assistance, power or knowledge.
Curb cuts are too steep. Strength is best bent. Sentience is not a gift
when you are stuffed in a box, braying and crying for
a red release or green expanse. I track dust and mud prints
on shiny floors and yearn for a wise trajectory. Travesties
are too soon forgotten. Clouds obscure as does fog
but weather is local until it’s not. Finitude can comfort
or constrain. This too shall pass. Scarcity is a falsehood of imprisonments.
Skidmarks are signs of consumption. Shred, repurposed, dispossessed,
this is how I’m made useful.
Akua Lezli Hope, creator & wisdom seeker, creates poems, patterns, stories, music, sculpture, adornments, & peace. Published in numerous literary magazines & national anthologies, she’s been in print since 1974 with more than 450 poems. A third generation New Yorker, her honors include the NEA, two NYFAs, a SFPA award, & Rhysling, Pushcart Prize & Best of the Net nominations, among others. She has twice won Rattle’s Poets Respond. Her first collection, EMBOUCHURE, Poems on Jazz and Other Musics, won the Writer’s Digest book award. A Cave Canem fellow, she created the Speculative Sundays Poetry Reading Series. Her chapbook, Otherwheres, won the 2021 Elgin Award. Her micro-chapbook, Stratospherics, is in the Quarantine Public Library. She edited the first BIPOC speculative poetry anthology, NOMBONO (2021) & the historic, largest Eye to the Telescope, issue #42 on The Sea. She won a grant from NYSCA to create Afrofuturist, speculative, pastoral poetry (2022).