deeply rooted memories
By Kilhah St Fort
My piece shows the strength and perseverance of women by using a rose as the subject.
zoom in. strawberry petals branching off of a willowy stem, stripped of her natural defenses; disconnected from her roots. holding her breath underwater, but half free to gulp in air. tiptoeing the lines of asphyxiation and liberation. beauty drowns out her screams. zoom out. porcelain vases flank her, celebratory of daily wins (silent in times of woe) together basking in the celestial bodies’ affections, preening under human wonder, stowing the finite praise away to dissect in their minds until gasping sobs become the symphony of their nights. zoom in. strawberry darkens crimson, crimson darkens black. shriveled brittle tips. hunched over into herself; shielded from cold indifference. a petal falls off. then two. then three. what is she worth now? zoom out. crowded in by dark plastic walls and foul odor, she was moved. rejected, forgotten, expendable. a younger, newer plaything holds her spot between the vases. day by day, night by night a fresh rose is plucked, put on display and thrown away. each one’s story is told to their admirers, mixed together in a facade of being the same. but before the replacement a whisper is exchanged: “fret not little one, for the thorns, the patience and the love of our ancestors flow through your stem. you will not be forgotten.” zoom in. The rose is tall, sturdy and glossy against the gazes. tales of her predecessors' fear and courage keeps her standing and when it’s her time to go she does not wilt, she is not broken. she is tired but standing. she passes the stories of their past to the next and whispers make them proud.
Kilhah St Fort is an outspoken girl, who can often be found listening to either Broadway musicals or lo-fi beats. One of her favorite pastimes is binge-watching cartoons. Kilhah documents her world and the world around her through poetry while creating new ones through prose. She's passionate about a bunch of things but most importantly, advocating for the representation of underrepresented communities in spaces they are historically forgotten about.