Friday, March 2, 2012

Those Girls

I'm a 23 year old Sinhalese woman in Minnesota by way of Dubai by way of Sri Lanka. I am a Womanist, and part of my womanism is figuring out how to be in solidarity with my transnational sisters worldwide. I'm a daughter, a sister, a partner and a writer. I'm a brown girl who knows Shakespeare by heart and devours anything Toni Morrison. I believe in radical, revolutionary living and loving.  I blog at Irresistible Revolution.

partly inspired by "The Coming of El Mundo Surdo" by Gloria Anzaldua
 
I was that girl
with the Harry Potter glasses
who used big words
everyone thought strange
I was that girl
who wrote poetry for fun
who knew the Bright Star sonnet
who sketched mermaids and tomb raiders
who didn't want to be
no IT specialist no doctor no accountant

but an artist.

You were that girl
who sang sweet as syrup
dark as chocolate
Sidestepping your dreams for
your parents' ambitions
sharing with me
the stolen joy of two brown girls
artists
dreaming
our way through school
with music and Emily Bronte

We are those girls,
who they called
cookie
oreo
banana
kalu suddi
different
Whom others called
crazy feminist
emotional
angry
ugly
bitter

We are those girls
Who never gave a shit about borders
whose lives crossed first
asked permission later
Dreamed big, loved fierce
Fought hard
who looked at all the sky
its blue unshrinking vastness
Unafraid.

We are those girls
the racial justice warriors
Jedi knights and
warrior queens
island sisters
desis
unapologetic
our names too many
too beautiful powerful
for blanket tongues.


Let them update their dictionaries. 


Because we are those girls
Loving fighting
Dreaming writing
And I
You
We
Girl,
We got each other.