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“Democratic Womanism”   You ask me why I smile when you tell me you intend in the coming national elections to hold your nose and vote for the lesser of two evils. There are more than two evils out there, is one reason I smile. Another is that our old buddy Nostradamus comes to mind, with his fearful 400 year old prophecy: that our world and theirs too (our “enemies” – lots of kids included there) will end (by nuclear nakba or...

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Poem ~ New Face~ Alice Walker


Posted By on Oct 15, 2016

I have learned not to worry about love; but to honor its coming with all my heart. To examine the dark mysteries of the blood with headless heed and swirl, to know the rush of feelings swift and flowing as water. The source appears to be some inexhaustible spring within our twin and triple selves; the new face I turn up to you no one else on earth has ever seen.   ~ Alice Walker...

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My friends, let’s grow up. Let’s stop pretending we don’t know the deal here. Or if we truly haven’t noticed, let’s wake up and notice. Look: Everything that can be lost, will be lost. It’s simple — how could we have missed it for so long? Let’s grieve our losses fully, like ripe human beings, But please, let’s not be so shocked by them. Let’s not act so betrayed, As though life had broken her secret promise to us. Impermanence is...

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The man knows how to describe ego death beautifully, practically, and invitingly… xo, K I’ve often felt the deeper discipline of poetry is overhearing yourself say things you didn’t want to know about the world. And something that actually emancipates you from this smaller self out into this larger dispensation that you actually didn’t think you deserved. And so one of the things we’re most afraid of in silence is this death of...

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If gentrifiers do not despoil it which means getting rid of poor and black and people of color people Oakland can be what it has been for a long time:  an urban Paradise. It is a place where the young blonde woman crossing the street in front of your car would look like a threat to the neighborhood except she’s frowning over some deep issue in her inner life and wearing outrageous vivid blue shoes. It is a place where as you sit on...

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Willing to experience aloneness, I discover connection everywhere; Turning to face my fear, I meet the warrior who lives within; Opening to my loss, I gain the embrace of the universe; Surrendering into emptiness, I find fullness without end.   Each condition I flee from pursues me, Each condition I welcome transforms me And becomes itself transformed Into its radiant jewel-like essence. I bow to the one who has made it so, Who...

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