if they call you extremists
then know you hold power
one that radiates simply
from your face
one that would liberate
even themselves

– To racialized activists

The Devil & Saints

“The Devil & Saints”

I would rather
kiss the devil
over and over again
than embrace
the saints
who in fact
are not saintly
as they starve
our humanity

at least I
know the
devil’s intentions
whereas saints
appear righteous
but are far
more venomous