essa may ranapiri

Echidna and a Drag Queen Named Pipi

for Dan Taulapapa McMullin

it’s all glitter scales     or light
shifting on a surface     over water     an island made of
photons
how does one undo such acrylics
when they become so attached
not just some faggot in the
kitchen sweeping away the stains of
a dead god     Echidna dears Pipi to take her
out               to a bar made of ancestors queerer
than all the motherfucking stars
sisters and dogs all     moving with the tides

sometimes the quiet is all u need to swim in
and sometimes it’s the space between words that traps
them wholly
still with the arms moves constantly

essa may ranapiri (Ngāti Raukawa, they/them/theirs) is the author of ransack (VUP, 2019), their first book of poetry [if they die before the end of the settler colonial nation state of NZ you owe them a revolution]

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By essa may ranapiri

(Ngāti Raukawa, they/them/theirs) is the author of ransack (VUP, 2019), their first book of poetry [if they die before the end of the settler colonial nation state of NZ you owe them a revolution]