Color Free
“If I didn’t define myself for myself, I would be crunched into other people’s fantasies for
me and eaten alive.” -Audre Lorde
With all due respect to the ancestors,
I have decided to uncloak myself of heritage
and be made of spun light.
I will be a river
flowing in the four directions
every spirit beckoning me to remember
I am not this body.
Grown from a line of sharecroppers, trail of tears walkers,
chitlin circuit show stoppers, concentration camp survivors
witness to and performers of miracles:
sea-parting prophets, burning bushes, levitating meditators
Paramahansa Yogananda, Harriet Tubman, Dali Lama
without planetary confinement, race doctrine alignment
gender/color/class assignment
I resign: turn in my papers
my freedom needs no proof or validation.
I am whole right here, right now.
I am whole right here, right now.
I am whole right here, right now.
This, my mantra.
This, my song.
When asked my ethnicity and gender on applications and paperwork,
I will attach this poem with a note saying:
Please see attached poem. (I am a river! There’s no box for that!)


Holy Ground
when you enter a woman’s body
you are invited in as a prayer
God lives in her womb
as did you, once
she is holy ground
so violating a woman
is a violation against God
a sin against yourself
karmic suicide
— gina loring