after Betye Saar's Black Girl's Window
Artist: Betye Saar
b. July 30, 1926, Los Angeles, California
Title: Black Girl's Window
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She listened for the bombs:
palms clung to glass
She waited for
her black silhouette to erupt
& the moment she could feel her ancestors
praying all night or
chanting to the dead
She waited in grief’s circle
in the center of her living room window
to the quietude
& what happens when the glass breaks?
When something gets inside?
What happens when the rustic metaphors appear
and her thoughts are grenades?
Shall she wait for the breath of hate to dance
down earth’s aisles?
she who has carried babies in her wounds
she who has lived on the planet of being
she who has remnants of the dead in her headwrap
she who has mourned suns & endured the listening
She waits I wait
We know they’re coming