October 20, 2020

Dear long dark nights, welcome. Dear cold temperatures, welcome. Dear pandemic surge, welcome. Dear virus, cold, and flu season, welcome. Dear dim sunlight, welcome. Dear virtual education, welcome. Dear anxious nerves, welcome. Dear worries and fears, welcome. Dear stress and… Continue reading October 20, 2020

October 1, 2020

Do not look down at those who’ve changed around you,They too stood strong & purposeful,With might & life their stance was,Now here you are unchanged by the wind & cold that slowly seeps through your blossomed leaves.But look, how the… Continue reading October 1, 2020

August 24, 2020

Summer’s telling me something… get ready to let go. It’s not really a choice; not the choice of mine nor the choice of these leaves that have already begun to show hues of what’s to come. The end of August… Continue reading August 24, 2020

July 8, 2020

Another decades-long marriage hits the rocks. Loved each other through hard times but something went wrong. Just grew apart, they said. Secrets start escaping from their marital closet and soon whispers are abuzz with “But they looked so happy…”, “did… Continue reading July 8, 2020

June 26, 2020

Stranded Ever been stranded on the side of the road?Scared, lonely, and shivering cold? Waiting for passing lights to slow down,Eerie silence and cricket sounds. The night envelopes in it’s choking embrace,Stuck in a moment and bound to this place.… Continue reading June 26, 2020

June 22, 2020

Her feet were planted firmly into the quickening sand of her fragile mind,as the tepid waters of her life came in waves crashing on her, one by one. She never moved from her stance and nor did the water break… Continue reading June 22, 2020

June 22, 2020

17. 17 years ago I became a Mom. There under the glare of fluorescent lights, wearing a mask to be safe from SARS, my doctor announced “Congratulations, it’s a girl!”. And I become a mother. No manual, no instructions, no… Continue reading June 22, 2020

June 17, 2020

I wasn’t supposed to be loved. I was meant to be a throwaway. No one ever heals from their past. They just turn into self-loathing damaged goods. They fear eye contact. They fear abandonment. They fear still nights and silence.… Continue reading June 17, 2020

June 8, 2020

In this birthing of the new me, I have been quick to reference back to the person “I used to be”.  The person that used to be confident. That used to be outspoken. That used to love writing prose and… Continue reading June 8, 2020

May 29, 2020

There I am. In those family pictures. The ones I’ve bowed out of for so long. Too long. But there I am now. On the big screen, as my family decides to Airplay our pictures from the great moments and… Continue reading May 29, 2020

May 28, 2020

My dear child, Inherit this land,Though it may try to confine you. Learn to fly with trusted faith,Though the land may shackle and bound you. You are from it, like from my womb you were,Though it may try to orphan… Continue reading May 28, 2020

May 16, 2020

God, I am listening. Our worlds have flipped over like a heaping basket of laundry that could take no more piling on. And we have become undone. Rocking ourselves by the window with one eye on the clock and one… Continue reading May 16, 2020

May 14, 2020

I am not a white woman.I have no idea what’s like to be one. But I grew up with white people all around me. My teachers were white. The principal was white. And my classmates were mostly white.The actors in the shows… Continue reading May 14, 2020

May 10, 2020

“Too much salt”, I can hear her say,rolling my eyes, I walk away.“That will burn”, I can hear her sing,it looks fine, I loudly think. “When it’s clean it should shine,put a little elbow into it this time.”“Yes Mom!” I… Continue reading May 10, 2020

May 9, 2020

There’s a visitor knocking on my front door, asking if it can come inside. It is Ramadan. Ramadan has come to stay with us for a month. This visit was scheduled a year ago but somehow I forgot to prepare for… Continue reading May 9, 2020

May 7, 2020

I am black.I am living.I am jogging.I am breathing.I am threatened.I am frightened. I am fighting.I am surviving.I am standing.I am shot.I am bleeding.I am weakening.I am falling.I am down.I am gasping.I am hurting.I am gone.I am still.I was.We are Ahmaud.We… Continue reading May 7, 2020

April 30, 2020

“Mom? When’s April 13?” asks my kindergartener. I know why she’s asking but still I clarify,“Why are you asking sweetie?”. “‘Cause I miss my friends and my teacher,” she answers with eyes too innocent to understand. “That’s when we’re supposed… Continue reading April 30, 2020

September 4, 2019

She’s getting old now, my mom.  She bends slightly when she walks.  The hand that used to grasp mine as we carved our path through thick crowds, now grips my forearm unsurely.  These days, she’d rather follow than lead.  The… Continue reading September 4, 2019

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