Freedom is a molecular flex. I am a free black man and my body is a khutbah: a testament to surviving unspeakable terror. I am a free black man and although my memories are ancient, I am a map of new dreams: a cartography of Bantu and Cushitic omniverses.
I am a free black man who writes as surrender and soul work, as slanguistic moto and lexemic mota, as dhikr that cuts through caste and national chaos.
One day, you will call again.
And this time, I will answer.
DIRIYE OSMAN is photographed by JAROSLAV SCHOLTZ.