Bonds

(I wrote this piece as part of my 3 week summer institute with the Rhode Island Project in summer 2019 in response to a mural created in West Philly displaying quotes from detained migrants) ___________________________________________________________________________________________ My youngest is one year old and finally learned to sleep through the night. It took his brothers a little longer, but …

Advertisements

Witchy Sunday: Solomon’s Seal Salve

I've been making tons of Solomon's Seal salve lately since me or someone I know has been complaining about some sort of muscle or joint ache or injury. Solomon's Seal (polygonatum biflorum) is a medicinal herb that has diverse health restorative properties. It can be used as a herbal tincture, salve, tea or supplement. As an …

Free Palestine: Resilience and Connection

The words below were spoken at the Rhode Island Poor People's campaign event: Linking Racism and Poverty on the state house lawn May 21, 2018. ____________________________________________________________________________________________ The way I see it, everyone and everything is connected. That is why it comes as no surprise to me that Lemon trees, which can grow in nearly any …

Once upon a Time…

"Media are major industries, generating profits and employment, they provide us with most of our information about the political process, and they offer us ideas, images and representations (both factual and fiction) that inevitably shape our view of reality." (David Buckingham, Media Education) I immigrated to the United States in the fall of 1990.  Iraq …

The Flood

The Flood ( Summer 2016)     It is there. There I must go before returning. Before tending to responsibilites. There I must go. There I must see. It becomes clear as I round the bend that there is simply no more road. Cars that traveled before me have submitted to their fate, their unfinished …

Kids These Days

Kids These Days (2015) Light as a feather, stiff as a board Anything could happen child, anything could be. My child today: my brown boy one day brown man-child Days after news of school shootings. Weeks after and before another Black person slain Talked about emergencies, running to his aunt's house that is close to …