Shame

Painting by Henry Asencio

Today will soon be the rose-colored past when the worst they did was make art of rape with stolen paint and palette knives, wet with red as bitten tongues. It was easy to execrate the oppressor when
it was someone other than
ourselves.

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©2018, Amaya Engleking

Image source: Henry Asencio

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12 comments

  1. stolzyblog · October 1

    wonderful painting for these words.

  2. qbit · October 1

    That is powerful. Wow.

    • Gospel Isosceles · October 1

      Yeah, at some point there is an undeniable realization that there is no ‘us and them.’

  3. Angelo Devlin · October 2

    If as a Kavanaugh reference it is hard to understand how this falls along party lines. When at least statistically speaking, a similar assault has occurred to at least 20% of their mothers, daughters, wives.

    My apologies if I completely misunderstood the poem.

    • Gospel Isosceles · October 3

      I’m unconcerned with party lines. I’m looking more at the deeper trauma, perhaps even the spiritual implications of the effects of colonialism/genocide. The seed of hatred grows in the belly, and hatred doesn’t discriminate: to hate ‘the other’ is to hate oneself. We can just make more sense of life when we have a scapegoat whipping boy, hence the rose-color.

      • Angelo Devlin · October 3

        I’d like to think 45’s dark mockery woke up at least a few people. It is disturbing anyone thinks like that. Let alone, an alleged leader.

      • Angelo Devlin · October 3

        I’d like to think 45’s dark mockery woke up at least a few people. It is disturbing anyone thinks like that. Let alone, an alleged leader.

    • Gospel Isosceles · October 3

      And it’s good to hear from you, Angelo. I feel like it’s been awhile.

  4. Just Barry · October 2

    Powerful and thought provoking.

  5. Visionariekind · 30 Days Ago

    here, here powerful…

  6. Alfred Eaker · 13 Days Ago

    damn… stunning

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