graffiti building

Touch me
in secret places no one has reached before, 
 in silent places where words only interfere, 
in sad places where only whispering makes sense.
Touch me
in the morning when night still clings, 
at midday when confusion crowds upon me, 
at twilight as I begin again to know who I am, 
in the evening when I see you and I hear you best of all.
Touch me
like a child who will never have enough love, 
for I am a girl who wants to be lost in your arms, 
a woman who has known enough pain to love, 
 a mother who is strong enough to give.
Touch me
in crowds when a single look says everything, 
in solitude when it’s too dark to even look, 
in absence when I reach for you through time and miles.
Touch me
when I ask, 
when I’m afraid to ask.

Touch me
with your lips, 
 your hands, 
 your words, 
 your presence in the room.

Touch me
gently for I am fragile, 
firmly for I am strong, 
often for I am alone. 

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1973 - After white businessman Darold Schmidt was charged with involuntary manslaughter instead of Murder after stabbing Wesley Bad Heart Bull to death on the Pine Ridge reservation more than 200 members of the American Indian Movement, or AIM, arrived for the hearing at the courthouse in Custer. Sarah Bad Heart Bull, the victim’s mother, was beaten on the courthouse steps while trying to enter into talks with authorities, after which the courthouse erupted into a riot between police and American Indians, during which AIM burned down the courthouse. [video]

Former insane asylum in Buffalo, New York.

H.H. Richardson Complex

(They’re turning it into a hotel.)