We must own this grief we have inherited
And wear the skulls of the queens that came before us as crowns
Raise them high, honored, and remembered
Raise them high as we must hold our own heads
Raise them high-
I wrote this poem about a year ago. I’m still pretty happy with it. It’s a good segue, I think, from Pride Month into Wrath Month. I thought it also deserved a painting, so I played with watercolor and pulled out some acrylics for the first time in a while. We can’t forget that trans women of color are the foundation of the movement, and we must honor them and the others who have fought and fallen in our community. And we can’t stop fighting.
To give credit where credit is due, the skulls as crowns line was inspired by Chrysanthemum Tran’s spoken word poem, “Vampires.” It’s heavy.
Lila Moss (she/her) is a queer femme of color who is doing So Many Things at once and loving it. She is an undergraduate biology researcher and lab technician in a herpetology lab, and an entomologist in training. She is an artist who favors pencil and watercolor at the moment, and also writes poetry. She is also an intersectional activist and intern at her school’s Diversity and Inclusion office where she is doing groundwork to develop an LGBTQ+ resource center. She can usually be found in the woods. Lila loves to find ways to bridge her worlds, bringing her science into her activism, her activism into her art, etc. In all of the areas that Lila works, she brings passion and energy. She is doing All The Things and giving it her all.