After Samiya Bashir’s Field Theories

by Eli Tareq Lynch

Eli Tareq Lynch is a poet working in Montreal. They have work upcoming in THEM, Prism International, the Shade Journal, and in Frog Hollow Press' City Series Chapbook (MTL edition). They were one of the organizers of the Off the Page 2016 literary festival and they are part of the Spectra Journal Collective.

you know like how we sit in a room
together telling stories of diaspora
or sometimes no diaspora at all
been here forever
you know like we are all in
competition, wanna be the model minority, a myth
that ties us together and yet cuts
the link, i am better, no i am better, no I am
closer to being white. you know like how
anti blackness is rampant in most communities
of colour, and you know like how we sometimes
forget that indigenous people exist THEY EXIST
WE ARE ON OCCUPIED LAND or you know like how
we forget who we are
fighting. we need to do better. we always need to do better.

you know like how we sit in a room, drinking chai
tea, laughing, crying, the works, you know like how our best
home is in communities mixed, you know like how
denise’s mother in master of none tells young denise and dev
that they are both minorities, you gotta stick together
you know like how many times do you see multiple people of colour
in a show and you know like how many times are they friends?
Lilla Watson says “if you’ve come because your liberation is
bound up with mine, then let us work together” and we keep
having to quote her, you know like how we have to remind each other
everyday, what is social responsibility, keep each other close,
keep each other safe, you know like how I tell C I want to
write a love poem to all my friends of colour and you know like
how it doesn’t ever feel like enough
you know like how i’m sick from
disposability culture, just want to hold you all close
you know like how my communities of colour have healed
me, and not just scratches, but you know like deep wounds
tended to, blood wiped, stitches sewn, large bandages
left to protect, and you know like how we know
the wound will return but we keep trying to heal it

 


Eli Tareq Lynch is a poet working in Montreal. They have work upcoming in THEM, Prism International, the Shade Journal, and in Frog Hollow Press' City Series Chapbook (MTL edition). They were one of the organizers of the Off the Page 2016 literary festival and they are part of the Spectra Journal Collective.

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