Black Looks - Including an African LGBTIQ+ Archive

Feminism, Poetry

returning the gaze

returning the gaze by maganthrie pillay

i return the gaze of you looking @ me
through your specific lens
in some exotic or neurotic sense
exhausted frustrated of your take on me
i look at me
through my black eyes, wide op…en
i look and listen to the heartbeat
to what you miss and dismiss
or dismiss i capture
me and mine
full screen, full frame
with no shame or blame…

my gaze will become dominant
from the margins to the centre
my point of view is subversive
without it
the picture will remain
incomplete
so i return the gaze
by creating it
by deconstructing your take
and recreating
my take on me.