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Whose Bodies?

from Night Danger by Alien Boys

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do you ever stop to ask how bodies vanish from space
from places we belong leaving without a trace
without the open knowledge or rallying support from fellow citizens without police reports?
“what gender are they, honey?”
“what sexuality?” and
“how did they present in their communities?”
“did they lead a risky lifestyle?”
“how did they get their pay?”
and all these questions put against them get put on display
“they probably ran away –
found another place to stay that isn’t here and don’t you worry about it now they don’t just disappear
When you go out to a nightclub, do you ever look around and wonder “is this safe?”
have you had to hit the ground?
does walking in the street with a loved one hand in hand make you do shoulder checks – because you feel demands from eyes that pry and as you,
“why do you act this way?”
have you ever been cornered no chance to walk away countless taken from us and more murdered every day
I’ll tell you something it takes strength to be out in this way
so we resist to this day
refuse to be still
incite/ the right/ disrupt
and break apart the shame that seeks to leave us in the dark
while men were disappearing, toronto’s cops declined to properly assess how all their lives aligned
“he was a quiet man” and “he had kids and a wife”
as though either of those exempted him from crime
a track record of violence and a hateful assault
but he was old and white – surely it’s not his fault
and it was only after 8 mother fucking years
that they would have confirmed all of their darkest fears
and i couldn’t look away – when they posted the picture of his face that day, that was frozen, in death he lay, so still he lay, silenced, without a name – a victim of everyone else’s fucking blame
oh I can’t look away – no, I see it this way. I’ll rage with silent fear, the pain I feel for
no, i couldn’t look away – cause I see it this way – so I’ll try to erase my fear and stand up here and tell them all I feel for this every day


from Night Danger, released January 31, 2019


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