whose body is it, anyway?

posted by jroselkim

the slurring man on St-Laurent
announced me an

“Asian whore.”

the stooping man in Dublin

guessed that
I would have a tight Asian pussy.

in their eyes, I am

too loose
and too tight,

offensively innocent,
and innocently offensive.

I could never respond to them

not because of fear
but because they always fled

immediately

constructing me as a
non-responsive entity –

(a lack,
psychoanalysis labelled women.

but I am
a lack,
lacking

its discreet white normality)

dear white men,

my impossible existence
on a balmy sunny night

is not yours to judge
or hold
or violate

but mine only.

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