Eternal Summer of the Black Feminist Mind

#whateverwhenever Oracle Day 1: We Need A God Who Bleeds Now

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“All I want to know
for my own protection
is are we capable
of whatever
whenever.”

Essex Hemphill “For My Own Protection”

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The #whateverwhenever oracle is Eternal Summer of the Black Feminist Mind’s offering to the #blacklivesmatter ride, a national movement in solidarity with young black people in Ferguson, Missouri with a vision towards a just society within which black life is cherished.   Today’s poem is “We Need a God Who Bleeds Now” from Ntozake Shange’s 1983 collection A Daughter’s Geography

To activate the oracle, choose a letter of the alphabet (your initials? the initials of a loved one? a letter that is speaking to you..) and read the poem for that letter aloud to yourself.  If you happen to choose a letter that has no words in the original poem you get to make your own poem using only words that begin with that letter of the alphabet. 

 

A

a

a

a

are

a

a

am

am

a

are

anything

 

B 

bleeds

bleeds

bleeds

breath

breaks

bleeding

bleeding

bleeds

 

C 

concession

 

D 

desert

dryin

 

E 

embrace

end

 

F

 

G 

God

god

god

god

god

 

H 

humility

honor

her

her

heaving

hold

her

hold

her

hills

 

I 

in

in

in

is

ignorance

i

i

 

J

 

K

 

L 

lord

lunar

like

let

like

life

 

M 

male

marrow

mothers

mothers

mourning

moon

 

N 

need

now

need now

not

need

not

need

now

not

 

O 

of

of

of

our

open

our

open

our

our

of

 

P 

pitiful

place

planet

 

Q

 

R

 

S 

some

small

some

swept

spreads

showers

shades

scarlet

seas

swelling

 

T 

to

the

thick

the

tearing

to

this

the

the

tugs

the

to

to

to

the

 

U 

us

us

 

vengeance

vulva

 

W 

we

who

we

who

whose

wounds

with

we

who

warm

wounded

we

who

whose

wounds

 

X

 

Y

 

Z

 

 

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