Darkness Ain’t a Complex


By: Zaina Alsous


[darkness aint a complex]

a mix & short poem dedicated to leaving it behind; in a world rife with violence//Islamophobia//racism//economic hardship//heartache—a reminder that the community that holds us, a collective spirituality that reminds us of something larger, & our own human capacity to grieve and evolve remains

~ here’s to shaking off what we need to in preparation for the new year ~

edema: an excess of watery fluid collecting in the cavities or tissues of the body
such as the lungs
a strange fixation of the human condition
not all of us are born with the same breathing room
this is not about drowning
this is about living when you have come back up to the surface
after swallowing the sea
after force fed theory that there is life where there is oxygen
this is about heirlooms that involve a luggage of shipwrecks
appendages that wade you through salt
this is about every inhale and exhale as science experiment
to document the pulmonary capacity of shadows
embedded within the mechanics of viciously attempting to breathe
while organs recoil and collapse in the absence of air
lies the body’s fundamental desire: to fly

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