Fresh Ink: Ashanti Marshall’s salted truth

Happy 7 days before Christmas readers!! This week’s Fresh Ink submission comes from micro poetry extraordinaire and FTS supporter Ashanti Marshall. This poet’s words are laced with ecstasy in compact packages.“Salted truth” has all the precision, all the impact.

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salted truth

 

are we really stars

or just

bullet holes to the reality

of an eternal night

 

is that what we climbed

and struggled and

fought to believe

 

bury us and then

return as seeds

 

racism

classism

sexism

ageism

all this damn ancient ass fertilizer

still kicking up new growth

like a perm that won’t take

 

yeah, we know we gon’ be alright….

but will you?

 

revive the natural order,

get out the way because

the cracker will crumble

 

ashes to ashes

dust to dust

this whole thang gon’ combust


Ashanti Marshall is a poet, peace maker and soul shaker. A black, queer, femme thought-force from the southside of Chicago, Marshall is 20 years old and forever pregnant with possibility and potential. Actively contributing to several blogs including wearewomanhood.com and The Indigo Citizen, her storied voice offers an unapologetic existence and her world will make you believe, in both her and yourself.

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