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A Space for Writers of the World

Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha – Poetry


every time I see you I think 

what the hell was I thinking?


I wasn’t thinking.

I was heart

broken.  I was chest

cracked like axe. I was thinking

what the hell &

what’s the worst thing

that could happen

& what the fuck



the most dangerous questions

for any mean


brown femme

who survived

whose pussy lips lift hopeful

twitch like touch me not petals

yearn for something worthy

of her open



white bois with weslayan degrees

and eager butts and nonprofit movementjobs you wanted

are just like whole foods take out:

when you are too tired

to cook your own food

you can pay too much

for a tasteless version of your culture

that promises it won’t kill you.

afterwards, a greasy crunched compostable box

and debit charge so much more expensive

than you budgeted for.



a smear of your petals on the windshield

won’t be the fought for flavor

blooming on your tongue

your particular vulnerable longed for


Leah L headshotLeah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha is a queer disabled Sri Lankan cis femme writer, performer, organizer and badass visionary healer. The author of the Lambda Award winning Love Cake and Consensual Genocide and co-editor ofThe Revolution Starts At Home: Confronting Intimate Violence in Activist Communities, her work has appeared in the anthologies Dear Sister, Letters Lived, Undoing Border Imperialism, Stay Solid, Persistence: Still Butch and Femme, Yes Means Yes, Visible: A Femmethology, Homelands, Colonize This, We Don’t Need Another Wave, Bitchfest, Without a Net, Dangerous Families, Brazen Femme, Femme and A Girl’s Guide to Taking Over The World.


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