That is the time

“That is precisely the time when artists go to work — not when everything is fine, but in times of dread… We speak, we write, we do language. That is how civilizations heal. I know the world is bruised and bleeding, and though it is important not to ignore its pain, it is also critical to refuse to succumb to its malevolence.” ~ Toni Morrison

How do you participate?

Stay seated

when Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on a bus in Montgomery, Alabama, in 1955, “Her silent defiance spoke for a whole people.” (Brian Lanker) … Regardless of how long she ruminated on her decision to resist, it was done with careful and precise thought. Her transformative act of justice was instituted without words. For is it not true that actions speak louder than words? Is it not true that I can show you better than I can tell you? ~ Barbara L. Peacock

When day comes

When day comes, we step out of the shade,

Aflame and unafraid.

The new dawn blooms as we free it,

For there is always light,

If only we’re brave enough to see it,

If only we’re brave enough to be it. ~ Amanda Gorman

Dawn

… Light

You invite me into delight!

Beauty. Abundance.

I stretch to embrace. … ~ Maureen Fowler

How do you invite the light?

Strength to be free

“Give me the strength to be free. Often, “being free” means to be where we are not at the moment, to be released of a particular set of chores or responsibilities …means movement, change, reordering. To be free may not mean any of these things. … Give me strength to be free. … It is the manifestation of a quality of being and living that results not only from understanding of one’s situation but also from wisdom in dealing with it.” ~ Howard Thurman

What does being free” mean to you?

Navigating

We navigate this hazardous terrain

trying to advise You that there is indeed a struggle

there is a gap

Surviving a waking nightmare

beseeching You to break the shackles

You refuse to acknowledge even exist…

~ Martina McGowan