Night

Night

Standing in her fears
Dare she relish in her dreams
Conquering the world

#Haiku #Poetry #Ratri #Goddess #MondayNightHaiku

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Unboxed

Unboxed

You think you know me?
Stereotypes tied with your unmalleable mind is no match for a queen
Guerra
Peliadora
Carrying the spirit of my ancestors
Walking rebelliously in solidarity with my kin
Decaying box with my name on it starving from my resistance
I have not fed it the assimilation it needs to survive

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SAHEcation: Orlando, Florida Edition

The other day I was enjoying the nice humid 91degree weather with a 40% chance of rain in Orlando, Florida. Palm trees, lake, and a strange bird was in my view that I have yet to identify. Nothing says vacay like 14 dollars and 57 cents left in your bank account. Why was May such a rough month financially? I guess I can say goodbye to my budget that went to sh*t. So I may or may not have been lucky to be there, but I am thankful. Because my recent need to get away for my mental health I have found my vacation fund depleted. For another round of, “where did my money go?” I will blame it on the fact that I live in the middle of nowhere and it was challenging to find rides to my various destinations this week and next week that I have found myself “ripped off.”

Where was I going with this?

Oh yeah.

Is there another version of “I got hoes in different area codes” that I could apply to my friends? Wait, they are not my hoes we just come from many places across the United Sates hence my desire to use area codes. Shoutout to Ludacris because that is essentially my life.

I enjoy traveling which is why it is a line item under “Savings” in my budget. I had the opportunity to see a friend who I have not had the chance to sit next to in over a year. His car got towed in the process, haha, talk about Hello! he is not mad so I feel like I can freely tell you all about this experience and laugh about it.

Grad school has provided me with more than an education. It has provided me with a great group of friends doing amazing work. I almost cried when I arrived when everyone got up to hug me and offered me a smile while shouting my name. I had a rough week and I want them to know I appreciated that moment more than I can express with words.

I know traveling provides you with a certain social capital that not everyone has the privilege of obtaining. At any rate, Florida is in the books, Colorado is next, and then Washington. Two new states in two weeks =)

“Travel and change of place impart new vigor to the mind” Seneca

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Radiantly Gold

Sun-kissed Skin
Radiant as a sunflower
Nothing comes close to the way her melanin glows
Her Steez
Uncomparable
Her walk
Her talk
Her smile
She is gold♦♦

 

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“Still I Rise”

“Still I Rise”

So here it goes, I will be that “angry Black womxn” you speak of and continue to hold my chin up *Kanye Shrug.

Recently, I have found myself trying to repair the feelings of my privileged counterparts. I have been confronted by white fragility & white guilt, which they are currently winning. I owe you nothing and deserve space to express how I feel.

As I continue to follow those who inspire me I am reminded that I am here and I matter.

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I sorta kinda censored my twitter more than usual and that says something. However, mental exhaustion is real and I needed to unplug.

First and foremost, if you do not like what I have to say that is okay. I believe in the power of dialogue and have experience having multiple conversations surrounding equity issues with diverse others and white people. I am here to share my knowledge, thoughts, and work through the toxicity of whiteness. You may feel uncomfortable and there are so many factors I consciously and unconsciously consider when taking a step out of the door as a Black womxn.  You have the ability to just walk outside. **I am in no way comparing my experience to my LGBTQ+ family as I recognize the effort in “coming out” every day and dealing with heterosexism.

On a daily basis, I and many others are striving to rise above messages that try to tell us that we are less than. As I continue to figure out what it means to be a Black womxn and the ways I can be ME authentically I am going to continue to disrupt and fight for the space underrepresented populations deserve.

For this reason, I will continue to cause trouble.

“Sometimes we have to take the risk of fulfilling the fantasies other people have of us” Sarah Ahmed

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