Kai Isaiah Jamal
BASED IN UK
Standing Back By My Side
The black plait,
Touches the small of my back.
Where a hand sits when guiding you.
My hips are coming back,
Though, I tell you. I am beckoning them
Reminding them that new found love
Can heal initial hatred.
The kind that sits in the base of your spine.
Tek time. I whisper into the mirror.
Everything feels bigger this side of the binary
So I’m sliding up and down it, trynna find a yard there.
There is enough of me in sight
To realise how eyes see things, even the things that aint there.
I think that’s right.
This track a little too tight;
But I can feel something.
Change is upon us in a way I never
Thought id breath.
Like a thick treacle,
Ive waded through the darkest of these days.
I am arriving into the light.
I am by my side.
I am by my own side,
I am in my corner, in equal measure ready for a fight.
I am by my side, forever.