Piña (Pinecone) 6/16

From BOUQUET FOR THE VICTIMS OF THE PULSE NIGHTCLUB AND FOR ALL QUEER PEOPLE OF COLOR ALIVE AND RESTING IN POWER

for memory

how many times could the list of our dead wrap around the earth?

how many more names will appear before I am finished saying just one?

if I gave every needle on an evergreen one of your names, would there be enough?
would they be yours?
or would they be the names that were hateful to you?

how many of your souls will cringe
when you are misgendered?

how is it that even death will not protect you from that violence?

for memory

for 9 black people at a bible study
for 300 indigenous women and children at Wounded Knee
for 500 years of genocide
for 500 years of names that they will refuse to say
for 21 trans women killed last year
for 14 trans women killed with 6 months left this year
for the lives that deserve to be counted but will not be

for memory

because we are never allowed to forget
we are not safe
at our jobs
in our homes
our churches
our thought-to-be-safe havens
our funerals
our parades
because we know that somewhere
there is a knife
a bullet
a bat
with our name on it

for memory

inside each of your names is a forest

life and air

overflowing

for memory

you are real
you are loved
you are more than the list that your name appears on
you are missed
you are missed
you are missed

we will not forget you


Lucas Garcia

Lucas Garcia is originally from Albuquerque, NM and is now based in Chicago, IL. They are a playwright, poet, and fiction writer; their work can be found in plainchina  and in Re:Visions.

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