|Art by Arna Baartz|
For the timber
of a voice
that speaks her truth
In a garden that
looks like paradise
but feels like prison
My very essence—my womanhood—
has been fashioned into bars designed
to confine me.
How many times will humanity use our suchness to oppress?
You, the hysterical female, step back.
You, with the scary dark skin, we’ll shoot first, ask questions later.
You, the semitic one, board this train with the rest of the Jews.
You, who pray to Allah seven times a day, are not welcome here.
You, with no papers to legitimize you, stay on your side of the wall.
You, the queer one daring to love the wrong person, you will not be recognized.
To it all,
Lilith says no.
No to subverting her own identity to another.
No to meekly accepting the role another chose for her.
No to limitations imposed by gender, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation.
No to false assumptions of supremacy over another.
No to systems based on oppression of others.
No to silencing humanity that doesn’t fit your idea of normal.
Do you hear her?
She didn’t just talk the talk,
she walked the walk…right out of the garden.
She showed us another way.
One that is our heritage to claim
as daughters and sons of Lilith,
She who would not be constrained.
An excerpt from the upcoming Girl God Anthology, Original Resistance: Reclaiming Lilith, Reclaiming Ourselves.