exotic (s.hammad)

Don’t wanna be your exotic
Like some delicate fragile colorful
bird imprisoned caged in a
land foregin to the stretch of her wings

Don’t wanna be your exotic
women everywhere look just
like me some taller darker
nicer than me but like me
Just the same women everywhere
carry my nose on their faces
my name on their spirits

Don’t seduce yourself with my
otherness
the beat of my lashes
against each other ain’t some
dark desert beat it’s just
a blink get over it

Don’t build around me
your fetish fantasy your
lustful profanity to
cage me in clip my wings

Don’t wanna be your exotic
your loving of my beauty ain’t
more than funky fornication
plain pink perversion in
fact nasty necrophilia
because my beauty is dead
to you
I am dead to you

Not your harem girl
geisha doll banana picker
pom pom girl poom poom short
coffee maker town whore
belly dancer private dancer
la malinche venus hottentot
laundry girl your immaculate
vessel emasculating princess
don’t wanna be
not your erotic not your exotic

(suheir hammad)

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