“Let me paint a picture of what’s waiting for you on the shore. You arrive in America, land of opportunity, milk and honey and guess what? You all get to be slaves. Split up, sold off and worked to death. The lucky ones get sunday off to sleep and fuck and make more slaves, and all for what? For cotton? Indigo? For a fucking purple shirt? The only good news is the tabacco your grandkids are gonna farm for free is gonna give a shitload of these white motherfuckers cancer. And I ain’t even started yet.”
immemorial (adj): originating in the distant past; very old.
visceral (adj): relating to deep inward feelings rather than to the intellect.
albatross (n): a very large oceanic bird related to the shearwaters, with long narrow wings.
encroach (v): advance gradually beyond usual or acceptable limits.
drift (n): a continuous slow movement from one place to another.
presence (n): the state or fact of existing, occurring, or being present in a place or thing.
vast (adj): of very great extent or quantity; immense.
soliloquy (n): an act of speaking one’s thoughts aloud when by oneself or regardless of any hearers, especially by a character in a play.
lagoon (n): a stretch of salt water separated from the sea by a low sandbank or coral reef.
mirrored (adj): having a surface like a mirror; reflective.
phoenix (n): a unique bird that lived for five or six centuries in the Arabian desert, after this time burning itself on a funeral pyre and rising from the ashes with renewed youth to live through another cycle.
inspiration (n): the process of being mentally stimulated to do or feel something, especially to do something creative.
saturation (n): the state or process that occurs when no more of something can be absorbed, combined with, or added.
luminous (adj): full of or shedding light; bright or shining, especially in the dark.
phosphorescence (n): light emitted after exposure to radiation, or produced by something that doesn’t produce flame or heat.
negligible (adj): so small or unimportant as to be not worth considering; insignificant.
arboreal (adj): relating to trees.
incandescent (adj): emitting light as a result of being heated.
here: the stars and the city lights
all distinct, the silhouettes of trees
and i do not know the ending
what there is, is time itself, all
drawn up and infused in the wind,
the flat clear sky, the glassy dark bay
and i do not know how this will end–
the billowing cold air, real with a
faint scent of wood smoke. rushing,
in my lungs, my blood, my bones.
i do not know if this will end.
it is all so immediate, so far below.
so alive, this world,
with the whizzing of cars.
Learning how to be kind to ourselves, learning how to respect ourselves, is important. The reason it’s important is that, fundamentally, when we look into our own hearts and begin to discover what is confused and what is brilliant, what is bitter and what is sweet, it isn’t just ourselves that we’re discovering. We’re discovering the universe.