VANCOUVER SEAWALL, THIRD BENCH FROM THE WATER
let there be a word for how it feels to stand
waist-deep in your tide let it be queer
as in landfall as in the constellation of sand on
a lover’s elbow or the lie that this land could be
owned or queer as in the way time arranges
the earth into wrinkles the mountain knows
no monument can stand longer than the mountain
already has let there be language for the unceded
shore yielding pieces of itself to the outbound
ocean call it love without ownership call it
the skin between my hands and your sand and
her collarbone unpinned call it queer as in
grace comes from letting go of what was
never ours to keep in the first place
Previously published in haunt, Damaged Goods Press (2018).
Jody Chan is a writer, drummer, organizer, and politicized healer based in Toronto. They are the author of haunt (Damaged Goods Press), all our futures (PANK), and sick, winner of the 2018 St. Lawrence Book Award. They can be found online at https://www.jodychan.com/ and offline in bookstores or dog parks.
Watch Your Head is an online anthology of creative works devoted to the climate crisis and climate justice.
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