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for each of you, audre lorde

Thu Jun 7, 2007, 1:47 AM
A friend of mine posted this on facebook, and I thought it was very inspiring. Hope you enjoy it :heart:

Be who you are and will be
learn to cherish that boisterous Black Angel that drives you
up one day and down another
protecting the place where your power rises
running like hot blood
from the same source
as your pain.

When you are hungry
learn to eat
whatever sustains you
until morning
but do not be misled by details
simply because you live them.
Do not let your head deny
your hands
any memory of what passes through them
nor your eyes
nor your heart
everything can be useful
except what is wasteful
(you will need
to remember this when you are accused of destruction.)
Even when they are dangerous
examine the heart of those machines you hate
before you discard them
and never mourn the lack of their power
lest you be condemned
to relive them.

If you do not learn to hate
you will never be lonely
to love easily
nor will you always be brave
although it does not grow any easier.

Do not pretend to convenient beliefs
even when they are righteous
you will never be able to defend your city
while shouting.

Remember our sun
is not the most noteworthy star
only the nearest.

Respect whatever pain you bring back
from your dreaming
but do not look for new gods
in the sea
nor in any part of a rainbow.
Each time you love
love as deeply
as if it were
only nothing is

Speak proudly to your children
wherever you may find them
tell them
you are the offspring of slaves
and your mother was
a princess
in darkness.

The bit in bold hit home hard. I've been told I'm too my parents mostly. I don't think I am....I'm not righteous to the point of being impractical.
  • Mood: Compassion
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priteeboy Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That's very poetic, did you make that up? :omg: some good points in there, but I've rarely seen such a long gap between journal updates :giggle:
th3rdeye Featured By Owner May 20, 2010
no, i didn't make that up, i got it off someone else (:
i wish i could write so beautifully
Gaslee Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2007
first paragraph though, be who you are, and who you will be. I don't think you should change yourself just because someone tells you you're too righteous.

Anyway, the one that struck me most was two after yours, Respect whatever pain you bring back from your dreaming...

dunno why.
th3rdeye Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2007
where is the line between accepting good advise and compromising on your values.

yes, it makes sense. the pain in dreams....subconscious pain...should be respected because it is the subtle and insidious pain that is causing your waking state of unhappiness.
Gaslee Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2007
I've had more experience in this life with subtle pains than overt ones.
th3rdeye Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2007
i think that's generally the case with most people
things don't come WHAM at you, but there's a constant nagging pain
Gaslee Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2007
they're the worst kind.

and the line between taking peoples advice and being yourself has to be set by you, noone can teach you how to be. they can just give their opinion and you have to learn your own way from there.
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Gaslee Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2007
the grey areas are the important bits.

trust me.
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