"Let the Wind Blow" is a track from Fertile Ground's 1999 "Spiritual War" album. (Lyrics)
Take the time out to listen to this track--it's really great:-)
Truth: This past month has been one of the most difficult for me emotionally, spiritually, and physically. My relationship with my partner for the past three years officially ended. I moved to a new place by myself—I have never lived alone. I got the flu and strep throat which I haven’t had since I was 10. All of these happenings occurred during one of my busiest traveling schedules--In the past month I’ve been in WI, MA, NY, and numerous trips to the Bay Area. The traveling along with the major life changes were exhausting, which is one of the reasons why I decided to take a break from the Weekly Jam Post for almost a month—But I’m Back!
Truth: Though this has been one of the most destabilizing moments in my life, it has taught me some important lessons 1) I’m a lot stronger than I thought I was 2) My community goes so deep that there is no reason for me to ever feel afraid. I am always held—we are always held.
Truth: Every new beginning comes from some other beginnings end, but only if you are willing to let go (end.), take risks, and fly.
Truth: Flying can feel like falling until you recognize that you haven’t hit the ground yet, and you won’t. You are okay.
Truth: In the past month I have experienced so much love—all kinds of love from all kinds of people and in all different spaces. I appreciate you. I give more love in return to my elders, more love to California, more love to my people in LA and in Oakland, more love to my East Coast family, more love to my Brown Boi family, more love to my Black feminist family—more love... You have all held me and helped me to recognize this moment not simply as a breaking-down, but instead it is an opportunity to rebuild—there is so much possibility in the remake/remix. Magic. Black.
Truth: I find myself smiling more than ever—genuine big cheesy smiles.
Truth: We are Dandelions (Thank you, Trisse<3).
Truth: The wind blows, but you remain—strong, more beautiful. Black—resiliency.
Truth: It’s time for revival.
A Litany for Revival
Revival: an act or instance of reviving: the state of being revived: renewed attention to or interest in something: a new presentation or publication of something old: restoration of force, validity, or effect.
“Poetry is Not a Luxury.” Audre Lorde Reminds us. “There are no new ideas. Only New ways of making them felt.”