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Above Everything, Despite Everything: A Love Poem for Our Fugitive Knowing

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“Waves in the Ocean” by Viv Logan.  On the cover of M. Jacqui Alexander’s Pedagogies of Crossing

Last night we swam deeper into the How She Knew: Fugitive Epistemologies Online Intensive.  We dedicated lines of our first group poem to our loved ones.  We shared about our journeys of creating criteria for our own boundaries, allowing our fears to ask for love, allowing our dreams to teach us generations.  We experimented with hot water, quilt pieces and greens, creating catalogs of cleansing for what we are ready to release, inventories of freedom patterns worn by the people we love and storehouses of practices that nourish and feed our spirits.  So much clarity and abundance.  For me, the major lesson was about a shift in tone.  What happens when I free myself from what “i know i need to do” and open myself up to what “i know is there for me, when i need it”?  Everything.  That’s what happens!

This group poem is about our dedication and commitment to the continued journey of knowing what capitalism don’t want us to know and slavery don’t want us to remember.  Use it as an affirmation and invitation that your deepest knowing may rise and know you are calling for it.

And again, if you want your own opportunity to dig deep, join us next week for Dig: The Womanist Archeologies Intensive.

Love,

Sista Docta Lex

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above everything, despite everything: a love poem for our fugitive knowing

 

by the participants in the How She Knew: Fugitive Epistemologies Intensive

“i couldn’t see anything but I understood there was something above everything. above everything despite everything I would find fresh air and breathe again. Above everything despite everything I would free you. my best idea yet.” 

-from Spill: Scenes of Black Feminist Fugitivity

above everything

despite everything

you are still here

above everything

despite everything

you are here for me

above everything

despite everything

you will not be thrown away

above everything

despite everything

you already know

above everything

despite everything

i still know you

above everything

despite everything

i can still hear you

above everything

despite everything

i will find you

above everything

despite everything

i am here for you

above everything

despite everything

the water wont stop me

above everything

despite everything

i am listening

above everything

despite everything

i hear your voice

above everything

despite everything

i trust myself

above everything

despite everything

i would choose you

above everything

despite everything

i would choose me

above everything

despite everything

the sky is witnessing

above everything

despite everything

love renews itself

above everything

despite everything

freedom is free

above everything

despite everything

joy remains

above everything

despite everything

God might not want to be called that

above everything

despite everything

color can create but can it hold all of you?

above everything

despite everything

we are still here

above everything

despite everything

we are gathered

above everything

despite everything

we are breathing

above everything

despite everything

we are singing

above everything

despite everything

make love

above everything

despite everything

follow your desires

above everything

despite everything

bring your magic

above everything

despite everything

ask them why

above everything

despite everything

be reliable

above everything

despite everything

let go

above everything

despite everything

make the time

above everything

despite everything

love love love

above everything

despite everything

tell it. TELL it!!

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