This pin + poem pack includes an original signed poem letterpress printed onto thick 300# triplex paper + one hard enamel pin. Poem and designs by Christy NaMee Eriksen.
When your brown son tells you over dinner he thinks he's ugly.
When you stutter on your own memories.
When you reach for him, a table and a canyon away.
His hair in your hands, a thousand falling stars, each one a wish
that has already passed.
How can you describe grace to a seven year old being
raised in a broken funhouse?
Mirrors so curved your face becomes dusk.
Walls made of elbows
doors made of fists.
When you walk into an uppercut and say you're sorry.
Why believe me, a woman with quilted skin
a mother with a leaking heart
rising tides on my breath
when I say you are so beautiful nothing can sink you.
When I kiss you like a papercut
like a king of spades
like a bird born from my sleeve.
When I hold you like the greatest bomb I ever made.
Delicate and reckless and exquisite
so handsome every morning you burst
so fine our demons die just looking at you.
You, the color of a good luck penny
you, the color of harvest
you, the color of a plot twist
the color of anthems
you the color of flight.
Ain't a ray of sun in the new world
that won't wanna shine
on your face.