Poem: The body is a politic

The body is a politic

I am fluid in nature. Cannot be placed  
where I once belonged.  

So don’t essentialize 
the gender placed upon me. The elements  
of success ascribed to my skin. 

Don’t fixate the myth 
that was placed on my body. 

Don’t reproduce  
the politics on me 

I cannot be understood 
solely  
through the ways in which I appear 

As our world is merely a construct, 
It is in the relational that  
I remain 

– Let me resist the words ascribed to me 

By Jansje Kamerling

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