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“There is always something to do. There are hungry people to feed, naked people to clothe, sick people to comfort and make well. And while I don’t expect you to save the world I do think it’s not asking too much for you to love those with whom you sleep, share the happiness of those whom you call friend, engage those among you who are visionary and remove from your life those who offer you depression, despair and disrespect.” – Nikki Giovanni

revisitionist history by S. N.

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“revisionist history”

we sit in silence
thinking of her.
so many others
woman not read
about but have
gone missing
found dead.

what will they say years from now?
will they know
the countless stories
that soak into earth quickly
seep and go missing into
smoke and chaos?
the stories of war
not in the headlines
but caked in the fingernails
of those passed
burrowed in wounds
and glazed eyes closed?

will they remember
moments not caught on camera?
immediate
urgent moments
laced with fear
her will to live
pulsating rapidly
in and out of breath
sweaty heart beats
gone cold?

will they remember this history?

Written by a person identified as S. N.,  a thirtysomething  South Asian poet and writer. The poem comes from the book Voices of Resistance: Muslim Women on War, Faith & Sexuality, edited by Sarah Husain.  The copyright is 2006. Published by Seal Press.

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“No person is your friend who demands your silence, or denies your right to grow. ” – Alice Walker

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Circle Composition, Oil on gesso panel, 150 cm diameter, 2010

 

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Green Composition, Oil on gesso panel, 110 x 110 cm, 2010

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From the 1962 essay titled “The Creative Process,” found in the anthology The Price of the Ticket: Collected Nonfiction.

“It goes without saying, I believe, that if we understood ourselves better, we would damage ourselves less. But the barrier between oneself and one’s knowledge of oneself is high indeed. There are so many things one would rather not know! We become social creatures because we cannot live any other way. But in order to become social, there are a great many other things that we must not become, and we are frightened, all of us, of these forces within us that perpetually menace our precarious security. Yet the forces are there: we cannot will them away. All we can do is learn to live with them. And we cannot learn this unless we are willing to tell the truth about ourselves, and the truth about us is always at variance with what we wish to be. The human effort is to bring these two realities into a relationship resembling reconciliation.”  James Baldwin

 

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