Mariahadessa Ekere

Photo credit: Dominique Sindayiganza

Photo credit: Dominique Sindayiganza

Mariahadessa Ekere Tallie is the author of Strut (Agape Editions), Dear Continuum: Letters to a Poet Crafting Liberation (Grand Concourse Press) and Karma’s Footsteps (Flipped Eye). Her work has been widely published in journals and anthologies including Listen up!, BOMB, Black Renaissance Noire, WSQ: Women’s Studies Quarterly, The Golden Shovel, The Breakbeat Poets, and The Breakbeat Poets Volume 2: Black Girl Magic. She has performed poetry and taught in the United States, Namibia, The Netherlands, Belgium, and England. Her work is the subject of the film “I Leave My Colors Everywhere.” Ekere is the mother of three galaxies who look like daughters.

My Love for Him Ends the Occupation

My love for him:

inevitable as death
insistent mosquito
redwood roots

a memory in the blood  his glance & honeyed dew
saunters down my thighs  yes  there is a graceless orange howl
that escapes my throat  pulls night curtains
across the sky  behind it the stage is bare   
unset  unsettled   
yes  Black people know how to do more than die   
our kisses steeped long & patient
we conjured each other up  unsettling that we  love like this
move invaders out with raw silk feeling  agogo tongues
uncolonize ourselves with genuine north star touch  
I get my land back
now & then when we move in synch    
40 acres of velvet soil  beds of collard greens   
rows of ecstatic tomatoes  dignified yellow corn  
                        (I’m not the mule)
out of my house  hopeless feeling like the weather in Leeds  
out of my house
The occupation is over

our loving moves back in

Final Quartet
(for Yasmeen)

Wearing the name
of fragrant flowers
you gave your voice to the sea.

Depression. Three sharp
syllables grinding
women’s bones.

In frozen water
you unpacked your trembling
where were we?

Are you in the seagull’s
cry?  Is that your voice
rolling down my cheeks?




Posted on April 18, 2018 .