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Indigenous Goddess Gang

Creating a space for sharing medicine through poetry, food & seed knowledge, herbalism, music and more. This is a space for reclaiming knowledge from an indigenous femme lens. Each month we will honor a different tribe of matriarchs in our fashion shoots. Each month we will continue to grow and share the knowledge of our matriarchs and share that medicine. 

Indigenous Goddess Gang is a space intended for INDIGENOUS people. We've had our land taken from us, we've had our cultures taken from us,  we've had our languages taken from us. This is a step towards reclaiming our knowledge, identity and medicine.  This site is not intended for exploiting or appropriating.  Tread lightly and respectfully. 

Rose B. Simpson

Rose B. Simpson

Swept

My computer charger is plugged into an extension cord

So that I can be that much closer

To my sleeping baby and still work. That’s how it is.

 

My sleeping indigenous daughter.

There is no one else here

To protect her.

 

I’m no poet.

Still, like you,

I dream in metaphor—

 

I in the passenger seat

Hottie at the wheel

Road winding tighter

Hugging the corner between cliff

and chasm eroding the yellow line

He/she let go so I leapt to pilot

Last minute as we almost succumbed to the cave—

I could see in that murky depth

A red glossy monument of two people getting it on.

 

At our destiny

We parked and walked separate ways.

 

I awoke somehow proud—

I must be growing.

 

As she kicked inside my belly I whispered a prayer so she would be unsightly to people sexualized by Western Media because she is a 2.5 times statistic indigenous female in North America.

 

I birthed her at home in candlelight and cedar smoke.

She revealed herself and I cried and I cried for she is that sorta beautiful the grossest of us might exotify and sexualize.

 

There should be no reason

To cry for beauty.

 

So I roll her toes one by one at night,

Remind her I am here.

 

I’m lonely to illustrate boundaries

And battle familiar self-hating traps

Because it’s pathetic and I’m a QUEEN and that’s not how a GODESS acts.

 

Wait.

Pathetic is shame.

 

I go so far to keep her from hurt—

And I go so far to pray

It won’t be me.

 

At an art opening

She was so cute

Two rich (need I say white) women

Offered to buy her.

 

My choked silent shock revealed my post-colonial-stress-disorder.

 

And in my privilege and fear I figure—

At least I’m not

The mother to

A black male born in America.

 

I can’t know that ache. That fear.

 

My daughter’s Grandma did.

So she will carry that and beauty too.

 

Oh Mothers.

 

I reflect in the parts of me that are you. The fraying braid, the skirt, your hands in the dirt. The way you pull the broom bristles across the porch as if they weigh the milk-breath sighs of ten thousand lost babies.

And you still feed.

And you hold my head in your bosom as I weep.

And you watch something out the window with still lips and heavy eyes because I still breathe and as long as I breathe your spine is that broom.

 

And you sweep.

And I sweep.

And sweep.

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