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tiki torches from walmart

  • Author: Alexis Flanagan
  • City, State: Bowie, MD

what does radical love require of me when white folks are carrying torches through charlottesville?

that i breathe low into my belly and connect to who i am

light

love

the descendant of my ancestors

the ancestor of my descendants

waging peace

more than anywhere

in my own heart, body and soul

that i feel my feet on earth

rooted

receptive

bare

to the energy of life herself

to the power of the ancestors’ bones

to the riotous roots down there

interconnected and woven

in systems of care

resistance

that allow these ancient ones to stand

tall against the winds

strong under the sorrow

of having borne

strange fruit

that i line my spine up

against one

and listen

to the chorus

that has my back

singing

like a tree

planted by the water

we

shall

not

be

moved

that i consider

who is squarely in the crosshairs

and care

listen

resource

build community

and power

t/here

that i not allow my anger

to consume me

that i remember

today is the same

as yesterday

just with prefabricated torches

and

i

am

whole

that i turn to creativity

with my beloveds

and make the alternative

visible

alive

accessible

irresistible

and

keep on

breathing

tiki torches from walmart

The morning after white supremacists took to the streets of Charlottesville, VA with lit torches in their hands, I woke up shaken to my core and the question that grounded me was this: Who do I want to be in this moment? This poem is what came next.