Alexa Sunshine Rose

Born Anew

Winter comes and I am born anew
Still fresh from the mother's womb
Held by the ancient ones
They sing their songs to me
Having patience
I am learning

CHORUS
Through me all life's turning
Like a waterwheel turning
And though I see the seasons
Mother remains
Father remains
Mother remains

One step and then another
My life unfolds
Opening her petals like the rose
I cannot claim to know what lies ahead of me now
But having trust
I am learning

Spiraling up to the sky from my roots
Like a redwood tree
Mother I hear your song in me
Strength of the earth inside
On spirits breath shall I rise
Having faith to climb
I am learning

CHORUS
Through me all life's turning
Like a waterwheel turning
And though I see the seasons
Mother remains
Father remains
Mother remains
Father remains
Mother remains

Winter comes and I am born anew
Still fresh from the mother's womb
Held by the ancient ones
They sing their songs to me
Having patience
I am learning

Having trust
I am learning

Having faith to climb
I'm learning

CHORUS
Through me all life's turning
Like a waterwheel turning
And though I see the seasons
Mother remains
Father remains
Mother remains
Father remains
Mother remains

Aja Monet

#SayHerName

“I am a woman carrying other women
in my mouth
behold a sister
a daughter
a mother
dear friend
spirits demystify
on my tongue

they gather to breath
and exhale a dance with the death we know
is not the end all these nameless
bodies haunted by pellet wounds in their chests
listen for them and the saying of a name you cannot pronounce

black and woman is a sort of magic
you cannot hash tag
the mere weight
of it too vast to be held

we hold ourselves
an inheritance felt between the hips
womb of soft darkness portal of light
watch them envy the revolution of our movement
how we break open to give life flow

while the terror of our tears the torment of our taste
my rage
is righteous my love is righteous
my name
be righteous here what I am not here to say
we too have died we know we are dying too

I am not here to say look at me how I died
so brutal a death I deserve a name to fit all the horror in
I am here to tell you how if they mentioned me
in their protest and their rallies
they would have to face their role in it too
my beauty too

I have died many times before
the blow to the body
I have bled
many months before the bullet to the flesh we know
the body is not the end
call it what you will
but for all the handcuffed wrists of us the shackled
ankles of us
the bend over to make room for you
of us how dare we speak anything less
then I love you

we who love just as loudly in the thunderous
rain as when the Sun shines golden on our skin
and the world kisses us unapologetically we
be so beautiful when we be- how you gonna be free
without me

your freedom tied up
with mine at the nappy edge of my soul
singing for all my sisters watch them stretch their
arms and my voice how they fly open chested
toward your ear
listen for
Rekia Boyd, Tanisha Anderson Yvette Smith
Aiyana Jones
Caleb Moore Shelly Frey
Miriam Carey Kendra James
Alberto Spruill, Tarika Wilson,
Shereese Francis
Shantel Davis, Malissa Williams
Darnisha Harris Michelle Cassell
Pearlie Golden, Kathryn Johnston
Eleanor Bumpers, Natasha McKenna
Sheneque Proctor
We

we will not vanish
and the baited breath of our brothers
show me show me
a man willing to fight beside me
my hand in his the color of courage

there is no mountaintop worth
seeing without us
meet me
in the trenches where we lay our bodies down
in the valley of a voice
say her name”

Did She Know?

Did she know,
eon ago,
how dusty the road would be,
when she was born?

Eon ago,
a purple ring
rounded her moon.

Did she know
that lifetime after lifetime,
someone would try
to steal her body?

Did she know
they would steal her
from the insides out
and she would take herself back,
again and again?

Lifetime after lifetime,
she reels in her organs like a broken fishing line.

Because eon ago,
she sipped a freedom
that burned like bourbon.
It sent deep blue waves
through her veins.

And she promised her soul
she would never let it go.

exhale

long and deep

do it again

don't do it perfect

-

notice that you need to inhale to exhale

notice how your lungs hurt

notice 

-

bite down on him

instead of your aching teeth

tell him the truth through a smile

how many rapes does it take

to make it stop

to find peace and freedom and safety in our bodies

-

i see a world beyond this

in which women are loved and free

in which we heal ourselves

and each other

-

i can see it

i feel it

it's here