Poets logo

Bodies Like Oceans: a Paint Lyric

for Shoog McDaniel

By Omotara JamesPublished 3 years ago 1 min read
Lizzo Photo: Courtesy of Luke Gilford

Spare me your thin tidings

bring round your technicolour fats

Your baby fat, your aging fat

fat of the azure tide

Fat of the earl grey worm

bring me that stubborn belly

Fat of the muted

Low-intensity and tinted

Pocked, puckered and hyper-pigmented

fat-on-fat-on-fat fat

Flesh, that responds to brush,

shimmers at the suggestion

A colour wheel of fat, tested

to withstand the fallow ire. Please,

Don’t mention the memory

of muscle without the tensile tincture—

Long live the high-hued splendour

of fat privilege. Oh, neutral canvas,

Whom do you comfort, with your ease

whose paint knife scrapes across your palette?

Clawed my way out

of your clean love

And into the world’s fat shine

world that works to dull

Me, I stay vibrant and alive

rounded at every corner

Keep your thin spectacle,

your khaki hula hoop

Fat of the forgotten republic

I lift you out of the shade

Let your contours spill over with light

I offer not the lemon,

But the entire rainbow as heaven.

slam poetry

About the Creator

Omotara James

Omotara James is the author of “Song of My Softening,” from Alice James Books. A multidisciplinary artist, she creates as a means to preserve joy, confront the past and free herself of it.

Follow @omotarajames & inquire at omotarajames.com

Enjoyed the story?
Support the Creator.

Subscribe for free to receive all their stories in your feed. You could also pledge your support or give them a one-off tip, letting them know you appreciate their work.

Subscribe For Free

Reader insights

Be the first to share your insights about this piece.

How does it work?

Add your insights


There are no comments for this story

Be the first to respond and start the conversation.

    Omotara JamesWritten by Omotara James

    Find us on social media

    Miscellaneous links

    • Explore
    • Contact
    • Privacy Policy
    • Terms of Use
    • Support

    © 2024 Creatd, Inc. All Rights Reserved.