& If You Asked Me What Heaven Looked Like
& Probably Not This Lifetime But Also Maybe This Lifetime
& A Table In The Face Of My Enemies
& An Ode To All My Dead
poem by Chavah Gabrielle hand lettering by Rose Percy
(2) they make me lie down in green pastures. they lead me beside still waters; (3) they restore my soul. they lead me to paths of righteousness for their names’ sake;
(4) though I walk through the shadow of the valley of death, I shall fear no evil.
& as a child, i did not know
the name of the verse
but the words always stick to
the roof of my mouth like peanut butter
& as a child, i did not know phrases such as
i did know battery, bloody limbs & the deep desire to escape
& that there is a truth–even before i knew the words to know
which is, i cannot be free
if i only free myself
& as a child, i would stare at the stars– all my heroes are dead & must live there
& someone said “heaven” to me once in a dream
& the desert became foliage
& Tubman came to me, she said
“eat, child. the first step to knowledge is fear & the valley is approaching”
& i feel i am preparing for a great loss, as though something in me may be dying
& after i lose everything, i feel we will win
& Tubman’s last words were “i go prepare a place for you”
& i believe this
in the dream, Tubman takes my hand
in real life, it’s a seizure
i see green pastures
i would say heaven has clean drinking water and no one gets lost & you can chase the
rivers & waterfalls & the fires only hold you. i would say, heaven tastes like warm honey.
i would say heaven smells like sage & juniper & citrus & black african soap.
here, in heaven, all that is dead & all that is not dead meet
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