I was reading a book about queer culture in South Asian history and came across an article about rekhti, supposedly poetry about women's love for each other written by men. I was rather dubious, but when information is really low on the ground you take what you can get!

Sweetheart
come over to my place tonight
I have made you a roast dinner

yeah I know
since when?

get this
I was reading some article
it claimed that back in the day
the lesbians in our culture
would split wishbones
to find out who was the ‘butch’ and the ‘femme’
or the ‘masculine’ and ‘feminine’

isn’t that wild?
they are claiming this from
long-lost poetry
written by men
about women’s loves
they are claiming this poetry
is so scandalous
that the only published archives are in Italy
and asking officials redirects you to pornography!

I’m not sure I believe it
only 2 people in the world seem to care
and one of them is an outsider

but we are outsiders too, I guess
no one to document our history
or care that we were worth archiving
not even footnotes in complicated
nationalistic edit wars
we weren’t a concept worth marking off
as existing

oh well
come to my dinner
and after you are well-fed with
three forms of curry
saffron rice
potatoes peas spinach
I will take the wishbone from the roast
and let you have the longer end
so that I could smother you with feelings
and gravy
take up space with overbearing care
raw chillies and onion
drown you in milky rose syrup
and love

Culture Fuck - November feature
2nd November 2012 | Actual Cafe, Berkeley
Video: Amirah M

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