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12 AM | October 17, 2017

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The discovery

Never have I welcome the color red so warmly in my life
Weeks before I planned my big night, a devil red dress was already in my sights
As red as the apple in Eden, the color looked sinful and liberating

And so it was

Days before my birthday, I found blood
Dripping from my thighs, I almost cursed the universe
I wanted to cry “why”

But the color came as an opportunity to realize
I was undergoing a purge
My body being cleansed from within, from my insides

The freedom

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All that is dead must leave my womb…
That made me think about the corpses of love affairs I stored there too

I saw the freedom the universe sought to give me
After my sacrifice and the dawn of my new year I would have a pure body

Untouched and unmarred by men and womxn

I would be free from all hands that aren’t mine
My body to become a temple for all that is divine

And since I have no god, nor a Nicene Creed to heed
I prostrate myself towards the Atlantic
I reconcile my spirit with the sea
I thank the water before and the water inside me

The understanding

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So I’ve come to learn that red is the purest color
For it is through water and blood cells that I maintain my life and bloodline
It is through blood that I am made pure…made clean

It is through the purging and multiplication of blood cells that I will be healed

 

Images by Neo Baepi (@neonohetero)

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3 Comments

  • Reply
    Thato M
    October 28, 2017 at 10:24 PM

    Love, can’t wait to see all that you achieve ❤️

  • Reply
    ODWA GILA
    November 21, 2017 at 2:50 AM

    PURE ESSENSE OF A CLEAR MIND.

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