Spill Writing

Once more, Shadowing Jospehine (Jade Monsterrat)


Jade’s body shines with sweat. Her naked body, perfectly objectified and bathed in the warm light of Josephine. Her movement creates a muscle memory that is tangible and living, stretching back through time, a glittering umbilical cord connecting artist to artist. Black woman to black woman. Her smile is Josephine. Red. Wide. Eyes. It’s alarming, unexpected. Does she know we are watching?
Again, again. Jade’s body glistens with sweat. Her smile is Josephine. Red. Wide. Eyes. It’s alarming, unexpected. She is here.
Again. This time I instinctively smile back, but I know she can’t see me very well. I mean that smile. Honestly. I do.
Again, Jade’s body glistens. She shines with sweat in time. Jazz music. Josephine dances brilliantly. Confident. She doesn’t miss a step. Her smile is Josephine. Red. Wide. Eyes. It’s alarming, unexpected. I forget why, now.
Again Again Josephine’s body glistens with sweat. She smiles. Red. Wide. Eyes. Josephine’s body betrays, just for a moment, a blink that’s all, how tired she is of all this. Again. She smiles. Red. Wide. Eyes. Again.

-Jackie