Tiphanie Yanique | Dangerous Things



Dangerous Things


This is the island.

It is small and vulnerable,

it is a woman, calling. You love her

until you are a part of her

and then, just like that

you make her less than she was

before—the space

that you take up

is a space where she cannot exist

It is

something in her history

that does this

Don’t mind

her name The island

is a woman Therefore,

dangerous things live below

Beautiful things, also—which can be the most dangerous.

True, we will never be

beyond our histories.

And so I am the island.

And so this is a warning.

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