Eternal Summer of the Black Feminist Mind

begin: a renewal poem

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bigstockphoto_Reading_On_The_Beach_589631Last month I had the honor of facilitating the online intensive Begin: Seven Possible Futures for Black Feminist Artists and what do you know?  We were all being reborn.  Was it the demand of the Summer Solstice? Was it the moon in Cancer?  Was it Octavia Butler’s birthday?  Maybe it was all of that.   Or maybe that’s just the nature of showing up. We are all at the end of something important, and at the beginning of something that makes us vulnerable.  What a joy and a resource to support each other in that.  During the intensive, I revealed that I am at the beginning of a relationship to my creative practice that requires MUCH more trust.  I am at the end of series of patterns that have led to me to believe that I had to make everything happen by myself.   Some of us were at the ends and beginnings of relationships, new career paths, transformed relationships to community, embodiments of love.  What about you?

We know this Summer is transformative for you because you have reached the end of something that used to seem to work just fine and you are opening yourself up to something possible, based in your beliefs, that may also be challenging and scary.  So today, we offer the poem that we created to guide ourselves through our process.  And if you want to join us for this month’s online intensive:  Become Turquoise: On Intergenerational Accountability, there are still some spots left.  The intensive is July 24-25 3-6pm eastern.  Sign up here by Friday (July 21st).

Enjoy the poem.  It works best out loud.

Love,

Sista Docta Lex

“this is the dark water of renewal. offering only one message:  begin.”-

“Seven Possible Futures for the Black Feminist Artist” by Alexis Pauline Gumbs in Obsidian

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by the participants in Begin: Seven Possible Futures for the Black Feminist Artist

prayers unlocked and loaded

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early morning everything

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shining alchemical desires

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connection to the earth, connection to the sun

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knowing happens in the dark

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black body radiance all love all directions

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harvesting goodness from the shadows

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harnessing ancestral magic

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unhesitant confident musings

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root work, root chakra, root vegetables

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reciprocal relationship with my creative self

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purple crown energy clearing

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love as lifeforce simply sustained

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green heart chakra lights

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peacefully profound precise presence

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quenching confidence. radiant being

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being breathing becoming

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