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I hear women screaming in the night

—Ekere Tallie

for others to see you, is a form of validation

“I you see you, therefore you exist.”

—Mickalene Thomas

Ekere, that’s me in the mirror

Mickalene, that’s me lying on your sofa

cuddled in nakedness

That’s me at Carnival

Day of the Dead parade painted in white

face a contorted scream

That’s me: Noh dancer

man as a woman

virgin on the Cross mistaken for Jesus

from DiVidaFind more by Monica A. Hand at the library

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Published in Monica A. Hand Poems

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