Invisible Speaker – Are you surprised
for George Floyd & Breonna Taylor & Ahmaud Arbery &
It begins again as you forget remembering how to breathe; because
Following your body’s intruder like grief, through a country-
Sized bullet wound, into your own body, past the flesh you wear
As if you were American, as if you were ghost already, were
Bending like carcasses wrapped in a stiffened flag –: you must not
Forget to die before your brothers and sisters alike. Fact:
Until you’re in the earth, you can’t rule it, so we make
The ground a family photograph of loss. We wilt to bloom white
Crocuses, white chrysanthemums, we sink beneath the soil’s abyss
Littered with yesterday’s young bones, like a genetic battlefield.
Everyone will join you. And by everyone, I mean no one
Who deserves it. I never wanted to be a martyr. I never
Wanted to start a movement. I wanted to be alive, wanted.
OLUWASUEN OLAYIWOLA is a choreographer, poet, and dance writer based in London. In 2020, he completed his MFA Choreography degree from Trinity Laban Conservatoire, where he was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to study.