Acknowledgements

By Danez Smith

you save me half a bag of skins, the hard parts, my fav, dusted orange with hot
 
 
 
you say we can’t go to the bar cause you’re taking your braids out
i come over, we watch madea while we pull you from you
 
 
 
you make us tacos with the shells i like & you don’t
 
 
 
i get too drunk at the party, you scoop my pizza from the sink with a solo cup, all that red
 
 
 
you, in the morning, bong water grin, wet chin
 
 
 
you, in the lawless dark, laughing like a room of women laugh
at a man who thinks his knowledge is knowledge
 
 
 
i text you & you say, i was bout to text you, bitch
 
 
 
you cook pork chops same way i do, our families in another city go to the same church
 
 
 
you, rolling a blunt, holding your son, is a mecca
 
 
 
you invite me out for drag queens on the nights i think of finally [ ]
 
 
 
you pull over in Mississippi so i can walk a road my grandfather bled on
 
 
 
you gave me a stone turtle, it held your palm’s scent for a week
 
 
 
i call your mama mama
 
 
 
you request like a demand, make me some of that mango cornbread
i cut the fruit, measure the honey
 
 
 
you & you & you & you go in on a dildo for my birthday
you name it drake, you know me
 
 
 
a year with you in that dirty house with that cracked-out cat was a good year
 
 
 
at the function, i feel myself splitting into too many rooms of static
you touch my hand & there i am
 
 
 
do you want to be best friends?
a box for yes, a box for no
 
 
 
did our grandmothers flee the fields of embers so we could find each other here?
friend, you are the war’s gentle consequence
 
 
 
i am the prison that turns to rain in your hands
 
 
 
you, at my door the night my father leapt beyond what we know
you, dirt where i plant my light
 
 
 
the branches of silence are heavy with your sweet seed
 
 
 
you smell like the milk of whatever beast i am
 
 
 
your poop is news, your fart is news, your gross body my favorite song
 
 
 
you, drunk as an uncle, making all kinds of nonsense sense
i listen for the language between your words
 
 
 
& when we fight, not a ring, but a room with no exit
we spill the blood & bandage the wound, clean burns with our tongues
 
 
 
if luck calls your name, we split the pot
& if you wither, surely i rot
 
 
 
we hate the same people, we say nigga please with the same mouth
 
 
 
& before we were messy flesh, i’m sure we were the same dust
 
 
 
everywhere you are is a church, & i am the pastor, the deacons, the mothers fainting at the altar
 
 
 
as long as i am a fact to you, death can do with me what she wants
 
 
 
my body, water, your body, a trail of hands carrying the river to the sea
 
 
 
i ink your name into my arm to fasten what is already there
 
 
 
i would love you even if you killed god
 
 
 
you made coming out feel like coming in from the storm
 
 
 
you are the country i bloody the hills for
 
 
 
you love me despite the history of my hands, their mangled confession
 
 
 
at the end of the world, let there be you, my world
 
 
 
god bless you who screens all my nudes, drafts my break-up text
 
 
 
you are the drug that knocks the birds from my heart
 
 
 
ain’t no mountain, no valley, no river i wouldn’t give the hands for comin’ to you sideways
 
 
 
o the horrid friends who were just ships harboring me to you
 
 
 
& how many times have you loved me without my asking?
how often have i loved a thing because you loved it?
including me
 
 
 
& i always knew
 
 
 
with yo ugly ass
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