The Life of the Author

Written by: suzannah mirghani

And yet they will say
That I was not
Or will not say
That I was
Or was not
Or perhaps not

They
With BAs and MAs
Will take these words away
This is the Author’s curse
They will say
I was spoken
I was slave
To grammar and verse

They will write
As I have written
About my nothingness
My motionlessness 
The extent of my existence 
My stolen words
Xeroxed in every thought
Through plagiarised verse

They will say
I have written nothing
I have authored nothing
I have been authored
By those who file
These words in single file
Of severed selves
Into the alphabetised order
Of library shelves