Reflections at a Vigil

This reflection is part of a collection of responses to the theme: “The View from Here.”  By Alexander Solomon How do I speak of that pain – of that pain – over there – to my left of two Black women, hardly twenty years of age, who held each other forehead to forehead hot tears... Continue Reading →

Beyond the Black-White Binary

This reflection is part of a collection of responses to the theme: “The View from Here”  By Camille Obata As are many of my peers, I have been turning inward to discern my role in upholding a society that perpetually lynches Black people. I've been trying to unpack the ingrained white privilege I have as... Continue Reading →

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This reflection is part of a collection of responses to the theme: “The View From Here”  By Mahalia Damm The deep belly laugh. The lover’s sleep-warm skin. The pink gift of morning, broken open. I’ve spoken frankly of pain but what of joy— Of the light that trembles my bones? It is there, scattered amidst... Continue Reading →

Breathe

By Laura Pierson When the quakes of the earth ring through your spine, let your breath be a reminder.   For each breath we take connects us back and across. Back to the days and lives that brought you here, across the web of beings near and far who carried you. Collectively, the rhythm of... Continue Reading →

Pregnant with Fire

Photo credit: Alexander Solomon This poem was originally performed at The Prophet’s “Tongues of Fire” spoken word event.  By Narges Shafeghati I was pregnant with fire that you agreed to extinguish On your distant mind a hall filled with people _____whose memory haunts us until we sanctify them, _____wrap them in aluminum foil and light them... Continue Reading →

Reflection of God’s Love

Photo Credit: Alexander Solomon By Kasey Kelly "God loves all creatures." How can I trust that verse if an environment has shown me that God loves all creatures with conditions. Display my central prophet’s moments and gain positive feedback, then, not allowing others to experience being peripheral prophets. God kept me as a central prophet,... Continue Reading →

(un)becoming

Photo credit: Alexander Solomon This poem was originally performed at The Prophet’s  “Tongues of Fire” spoken word event.  By Alexander Solomon I stole something from the market today, a small piece of cheese come all the way from Switzerland. I think about it while you take a photo of me in a pose that is indicative... Continue Reading →

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