Two Poems by Vanessa Maki


lack of self care


cranes in the sky - solange  is sampled in this (the italics are the lyrics)






i take one deep breath


that barely fills my lungs but i still do it


& i think of what self care


should really be like


i tried to drink it away


& how so many black women


shoulder too damn much


how it breaks metaphorical backs


continues the cycle


of a lack of self care


no bath bombs


no chill afternoon


no extended stress relief


i’ll cry it away


don’t you cry baby






haunted houses

originally published in sublet press


somebody needs to come over/ so they can tell me / why it all has to be on my shoulders / why

must black girls have to hold the world up by our pinky fingers / then provide amusement /

warmth / tenderness / why do we need to live in haunted houses? / entertain or south our ghosts / can

we actually be alive for ourselves? / can we actually live where there is life?









Vanessa Maki is a queer writer,artist & other things. She’s full of black girl magic & has no apologizes for that. Her work has appeared in various places like Really System & others. She is also forthcoming in a variety of places. She’s founder/EIC of rose quartz magazine & is involved in other spaces as well.  Follow her twitter & visit her site .



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