Blak Brow: ‘Because of Her We Can’ by Savanna Kruger

To celebrate the release of Issue 40: Blak Brow, we are sharing some of our favourite pieces from the issue. Today: a poem by Savanna Kruger.

Because of Her We Can

by Savanna Kruger

and as we tear the bindings
from our mouths
to join our hands

the men break
the circle

the people part
as they part lips
like the trees
in two

“Parlay”, the men say
but their bodies speak louder
feet squared
brows forceful

breaching space
preaching safety

eyes to us now
but glazing over
“Because of you, we can”
unspoken comma
“Please sit, while we stand”

always talking
never showing
and in their roar

always working
never slowing
and in our reach

This poem originally appeared in Blak Brow, Issue 40 of The Lifted Brow. Get your copy here.

Savanna Kruger is a proud Wotjobaluk and South Sea islander woman born and raised in the Indigenous arts community in Narrm. Influenced by all her (strong, deadly, loud, complicated) Arty Aunties™, Savanna is passionate about black women’s expression through visual and performing arts, writing and music – For Us, By Us. Most recently Savanna developed her installation work on site with the curators of ‘Blak to the Future’ at Footscray Community Arts Centre. With the collective, she helped to create a space where young blak fullahs could gather like their ancestors to reimagine the future: a world that is Blak, safe and strong, and also superfly.