ruby onyinyechi amanze
the ones that stayed
Online viewing room
May 20 to June 10, 2020
part I [GOODBYE 2012-2020]
houseplants die in August,
pigeons never. But Pidgin, goodbye. Merman, goodbye.
(were you ever really here?)
And to all the ghosts, you are eternal and in need of nothing
For lending your essence, I touch my forehead to the ground
Sue, I miss you the most. That face. Mapped divinity.
My darling-darling Twin,
So devious you were So, flexible So, chi
from the departed, the only one I ever loved
Part II [HELLO]
ada and audre
the beginning and the beginnings’ parallel.
We are unnamed, but the loveliest
Diving through windows. More potential than a door
Diving, reckless joy.
Okadas fly downhill (helmets are nasty, hover them over your head)
What does a runner know of the water?
Swimming pools, oceans contained (wet architecture)
A Water Woman gave birth to me
under a Water sun.