Depth Measurements

when they describe

Black

they write

Black,

 

Black woman

 

color apparently deeper than gender,

heavier with the weight of the word

oppression like

Black

water pressing down

to the prehistoric

striation of the ocean floor

 

gender apparently

depthless,

weightless like the prismatic

light

glancing, mutable

off the skimming waves

 

a lighter burden on the

 

Black woman

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