Fleur Lyamuya Beaupert
They stop me
because my passport
One cries: This is nothing to do with race, religion or nationality!
I reply calmly: It accidentally went through the washing.
They laugh: She doesn’t look like a terrorist.
To me they say: Your skin is a mystery we can solve –
Egypt, India, Somalia, Greece, Nigeria, Italy, Palestine, Pacific Islands, Mauritius, Cuba –
light area appearing dark / dark area appearing light.
They stamp my skin,
tell me to write
about the stamp.
It will do you good,
Others call me –
sister, cousine / sister, cousin.
In Parisian streets I tell them
I am not their kitchen,
visit art galleries,
linger in extreme positive space.
Later I write them: Yes, please, I’ll take Guadeloupe.
it is freezing
with so many sorrys
stuck in our throats
where wings meet torso the rhythm of smiles increases
the zebra is crossing
all the windows sh- (h)atter / someone’s head
is shaved by a bullet on New Year’s Eve
as my wings approach earlier memo
ries of silent worlds
playing through earphones
they start to sing / exposing raw answering (future)
like my name is lover
and I’m not scared to say it
this tablet halved quartered
low dose hi dose
make me queasy
make me sleepy
when you say my name like that
eyelids flutter slow, low
can’t sleep without them drugs
must be addicted
doctor says they’re obviously supra
indicated – stars erupt
result in perfricative starlet parable
or spittle stream tale (subtle plateau)
pulse of petal palate
apt test, sure!
Tarantella, Reconstructed – B
heart to set
Tarantella (definition in Bruce Moore (ed), The Australian Oxford Dictionary, Oxford University Press, 2nd ed, 2004, p. 1319) “1 a rapid whirling southern Italian dance. 2 the music for this. [ORIGIN: Italian, from TARANTO (because the dance was once thought to be a cure for a tarantula bite): cf. TARANTISM.)”
Fleur Lyamuya Beaupert: "I am a queer, Mad writer and researcher of Tanzanian and Anglo-Indian descent. I live in Sydney, Australia, where I work in the disability advocacy sector. My work appears, or is forthcoming, in Social Alternatives, Scum, Meniscus, Verity La, Alternative Law Journal and Sydney Law Review, among others."